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Supreme Court rejects request to review Zamfara judgment

PDP reacts to APC ‘coup’ against democracy, turning Nigeria into one-party state

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OBIORA IFOH, Abuja, with agency report

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a request by All Progressives Congress (APC) for it to review its last judgment in which it voided the participation of its candidates in the last elections in Zamfara State.

A five-man panel of the court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, in a ruling early on Monday, struck out the application marked: SC/377/2019 filed by the APC, seeking a review of the judgement.

The court rejected effort by the lawyer to the APC, Robert Clarke (SAN), to take a second look at the decision given earlier this year.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hailed the Supreme Court’s refusal to review and reverse its judgment, voiding the participation of the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidates in Zamfara State in the last general elections.

The party in a statement by National Publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said by so doing, the Supreme Court has once again saved the nation from a huge constitutional crisis that could have devastated the nation’s constitutional democracy and corporate existence.

According to the statement, “The PDP describes the demand by the APC to the Supreme Court as blasphemous, a blackmail as well as a measured landmine set by APC leaders in their desperation to ambush and destroy the integrity of the apex court.

“The motive of the APC leaders is to ultimately sequester the institution of the judiciary and foist a totalitarian order on our polity.

“It is also instructive to note that by asking the Supreme Court to embark on a journey to nowhere, the APC clearly sought to subvert our democratic system and surreptitiously force on Nigerians, a system that is completely alien to our constitutional democracy and outside the confines and dictates of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“APC’s demand is a direct threat to our democracy, peace and stability of our nation and shows its unwillingness, as a party, to abide by the rule of law.

“It also exposes APC’s penchant for sowing crisis in our nation; a situation that should be condemned by all.

“The PDP, therefore, urges all well-meaning Nigerians, our institutions of democracy, as well as our security agencies to be cautious of the APC as it has shown that it is not committed to the unity and stability of our dear nation.”

Also, the PDP Governors Forum (PDPGF) has expressed its joy as the Supreme Court on Monday, rejected the application by the All Progressives Congress (APC), seeking a review of the May 24 judgment of the court on the Zamfara Governorship Election.

In a press statement issued from its Abuja Secretariat, the Chairman of the Forum, Hon. Seriake Dickson (Executive Governor of Bayelsa), on behalf of his colleague-members threw its weight behind the five-man panel of justices, led by Justice Bode Rhodes-Viviur, that unanimously ruled that the application was incompetent and lacking in merit.

The forum applauded the apex court for affirming its earlier decision over the matter.

The forum highlighted that, “Providence has by this verdict, put a stamp of approval on the exceptional developments achieved in the state by Gov. Bello Matawalle since being sworn in on May 29, 2019.

“God stopped their sinister plan to thwart the people-oriented human, social, economic, environmental and structural development blueprints that Matawalle and his team have already rolled out for the state.

“We, in the PDP and majority of the good people of Zamfara, will welcome any errant but repentant APC politician, who sheds negativity and joins hands with us to implement policies that will further this State.

“May the good Lord give Governor Bello Matawalle the wisdom, strength and foresight to expand the developmental territories of Zamfara to a height that the entire people of the state will be proud of.”

Recall that Robert Clarke (SAN), lead counsel for the APC, had filed an application for the Supreme Court to review its previous judgment.

The panel in its Monday judgment said the application should not have been brought before it in the first place.

The Supreme Court, on May 24, nullified the votes cast for APC in the governorship, National Assembly and state Assembly elections in Zamfara State because the party did not conduct primaries.

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