There might be trouble looming for the All Progressives Congress, APC in Zamfara State, as the Court of Appeal has upturned the ruling of the State High Court that upheld the party’s primaries for governorship, National and State Assembly election.
Presiding Judge, Justice Tom Yakubu read the ruling of the court at its sitting in Sokoto on Monday.
The High Court in Zamfara had given the party go ahead to field candidates for the elections in the state, after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC had earlier said it was not going to accpet candidates from the party in the state.
INEC had stated that the APC failed to conduct party primaries within the time stipulated for it to be conducted.
Trouble started for the APC in Zamfara when the National Working Committee, NWC of the party amd Governor Abdulaziz Yari failed to agree on the mode of primaries for the state.
While the NWC sent a team to the state to conduct primaries, the primaries failed to hold, as it ended in rancour.
The state chapter however conducted a parallel primaries on the eve of the deadline for conduct of primaries where then finance commissioner, Mukhtar Idris was elected governorship candidate of the party.
Other candidates for various elective post were also elected in the parallel primaries.
The NWC of the APC however rejected the primaries, and also suspended the state executive of the party.
The party also constituted a new panel to conduct primary elections in the state.
After raising the panel, the national working committee (NWC) of the party expressed confidence that the APC in the state would meet the October 7 deadline of the INEC for the conclusion of primary elections.
While dissolving the state exco, the NWC had warned Yari not to interfere in the primaries. Hence, it is clear that the party leadership would not accept Idris as its candidate.
Yari had dismissed the action of the NWC, accusing Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the ruling party, of working against the interest of the state.
He also asked the NWC panel not to visit Zamfara for another election, saying he and his followers would resist them.
“We heard that the committee of the chairman is not in consultation with any working committee. He (Oshiomhole) is trying to be a kind of mini-god…The committee he sent to Zamfara state, I want to say it categorically, they should never step into Zamfara for one minute,” he had said while addressing his supporters on Saturday.
“I, Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state, head of government and security, I am saying that the committee sent by Oshiomhole to come and do a dirty job should not dare come into Zamfara state.
“We are ready, including myself, to be taken to the graveyard tomorrow… it’s fight to finish.”
With all of the threats, the panel constituted failed to conduct any primary election in the state.
This forced the APC to be without a candidate in the state, until the High Court ordered INEC to recongnise the candidates presented by the Yari faction of the party.
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