APC Loses Zamfara To PDP As Supreme Court Nullifies Candidates’ Election

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The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has lost Zamfara State to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), believed to have come second during the just concluded general election.

The development comes as the Supreme Court nullified the primary that produced all the candidates of the ruling party in the state.

It also described the votes the party got during the exercise as wasted votes.

The apex court on Friday validated the judgement of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, which ruled that no valid primaries were conducted by the APC in the state.

The court in a unanimous judgement by a seven-member panel led by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, decided that a party that had no valid candidate cannot be said to have emerged winner of the election.

In an appeal brought by the APC, the apex court ruled against the appellant and ordered a fine of N10 million against the ruling party.

“Candidate other than the first appellant with the highest vote stand elected. A cost of N10 million is awarded against the appellant,” the court ruled.