Supreme Court Fixes March 17 to Hear Motion Seeking Review of Zamfara Election Verdict

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The Supreme Court has adjourned hearing in the Zamfara State All Progressives Congress case till March 17 to enable the applicant effect service of the suit on all parties.

Respondents in the suit include Senator Kabiru Marafa and 180 Zamfara APC candidates in the 2019 general election.

The APC is asking the apex court to review the consequential order which gave rise to the swearing in of candidates of the PDP into office from governorship to national and state house of assembly positions.

The apex court had in its judgment last year voided the participation of the APC in the 2019 general election in Zamfara State due to the party’s inability to conduct primary election as required by the law.

The court having declared all votes cast for the APC in various elective positions in the state as wasted votes, ordered that candidates of the party with the highest number of votes and spread be sworn in as Governor, Senators, House of Representatives members as well as members of the Zamfara State House of Assembly.

However, when the matter was called on Monday, it was discovered that some respondents in the suit were yet to be served with the Court’s processes as they were not in court nor represented by lawyer.

Although counsel to the APC, Chief Robert Clarke SAN, informed the court that an affidavit of service on all respondents had been filed, the CJN however said that there was no evidence to that effect since the affidavit was not in the Court’s record.

Chief Clarke accordingly asked for a short adjournment to enable him do the needful.

Since the request was not opposed by counsel to the respondents, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, the Presiding Justice, subsequently adjourned till March 17 for hearing.