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Published On: Mon, Jan 28th, 2019

Zamfara: 8 APC aspirants to appeal High Court rulings

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By Umar Muhammad Puma

Eight All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirants formally refers to as G8, in Zamfara state have resolved to appeal the judgements of both an Abuja Federal High court and the Zamfara state High court on the issue of fielding candidates in the February 16 general elections.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja yesterday, Hon Aminu San, who is among the aspirant said both decisions of the courts cannot stand since the party had picked candidates vying for various elective position through a consensus arrangement.
While expressing optimism that his group would triumph at the Court of Appeal, he alleged that the Judiciary in Zamfara state must have been compromised to do the bidding of Governor Abdulaziz Yari and Senator Ahmed Yerima to impose their cronies as candidates of the party in Zamfara state.
He insisted that the party settled for a consensus arrangement with a power sharing formulae of 60 percent for members of the G8 and 40 percent for the Governor Yari and Yerima group.
He noted: “In line with the rule of law, I can clearly say that the two ruling shows that we are in serious dilemma in this country and that is why we have to believe what the President is trying to do to sanitise the judiciary because all the principal actors in this case in Zamfara state have presented their written addresses and to our greatest surprise the Chief Justice as well as Justice Shinkafi decided over the issue.
“They decided to give impromptu judgement without even giving a notice of hearing to all the interested parties.
So by so doing we felt very sad. No matter who you are you have to consider the rule of law since the judiciary remains the only channel that can safeguard the interest of the common man or the community. I know he will regret his action. He doesn’t have any reason to give that verdict as at that day.
“The APC had a consensus arrangement that was very clear. We had three option direct, indirect and consensus. And we settled for consensus so as not to lose participation. Our own stand here is we are going to appeal the decisions in Zamfara and the one in the Federal High court.
Our lawyers have already advised us to go for consolidated appeal so that they can assign one judge to hear both cases.
“I know that our teeming supporters in Zamfara state are worried because some persons want to truncate democratic rule in Zamfara state. We will not in any way support what transpired in Zamfara and what the Governor and cronies are trying to do to our supporters.”
When asked about the chances of President Buhari if Zamfara APC couldn’t participate in the February presidential election, the lawmaker said, “No. People should know that we love President Buhari in Zamfara state. The people of Zamfara love him right from 2003 when he started contesting, he has alway won in the state.
“Buhari’s vote will be more than 100%. If it is possible to have 101%, Buhari will get it in Zamfara. But any other thing apart from the presidential election, APC might not get it if justice is not done.
“Even if the party decides to smuggle governor Yari’s decision, they will be wasting their time, instead of tnat a small party will rather emerge as the ruling party in the state, because as for me I can never support the Yari’s arrangements as this election is concern.
“So whether APC participate in this election or not President Buhari will win landslide in Zamfara.”

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