© 2018 - International Centre for Investigative Reporting
Appeal Court ruling did not tamper with Zamfara election, says Yari
ABDULAZIZ Yari, the Governor of Zamfara State, says the Court ofAppeal judgement with regards to the All Progressives Congress’ primary elections in the state did not tamper with the gubernatorial and state assembly elections.
Yari made this known via a statement issued by his spokesman, Ibrahim Dosara, calling on party supporters to remain calm while the full release of the judgement is being awaited.
The Court of Appeal had earlier on Monday nullified the judgement of the Zamfara State High Court which recognised the primary election held by a faction of the APC in the state, as well as ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reinstate the APC in the ballot for the gubernatorial and state assembly elections.
But reacting to the development, Yari said: “what the Court of Appeal Sokoto Division division did this morning was setting aside the judgement by the Zamfara State High Court on the ground of “EXAMINATION OF PROOFS OF EVIDENCE” and that the judgement “has nothing to do with our elections.
“…The rumours now awash all social media platforms that the Court of Appeal Sokoto Division has nullified our elections, is not true.
“Those circulating the rumours are doing so to cause mayhem in our state to satisfy the ego of their masters. You may recall that they have been doing so to mislead the public.
“The Court has not in any way tempered with our elections, as only Tribunal has the right to listen to issues arising from election matters. Again, the Court of appeal Sokoto Division has not in any way tampered with the processes of the primary elections. It only faulted the examination of the proofs of evidence.
“Furthermore, the processes of filing the appeal were done after the expiration of the period within which to do so.
“For these reasons, His Excellency the Executive governor of Zamfara state and Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum and Senator-elect, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, is appealing to all members of the APC and it’s supporters to remain calm and law-abiding.”