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Zamfara: APC speaks on Supreme Court judgment

By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the judgment of Supreme Court, that upheld the decision of Sokoto Division of Court of Appeal which ruled that the APC did not conduct any valid primary election and as such had no candidate for any of the elections in the state.

Speaking on the development in a telephone interview, National Vice Chairman of the party, South South, Hilliard Etta, described the judgment as ‘sad development’.

“It is a sad day for every member of the APC. It is a very sad day for us. For me, I am a democrat. The issue of internal democracy is a serious problem in our country but it is work in progress. We have made a lot of stride in the party,” he said.

It would be recalled that the candidate of the APC, Mukhtar Idris, had been declared winner of the elections after he polled 534,541 votes despite controversies trailing his candidacy.

Though, the judgment centres on the governorship, state House of Assembly and the National Assembly elections conducted in Zamfara State on February 23 and March 11, 2019.

APC candidates, including the outgoing governor of the Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, who was elected to the Senate, had won most of the offices contested for in the 2019 elections with the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidates, placing first runners-up in the polls.

Earlier, at about 2:40pm on Friday, members of National Working Committee had entered into a closed-door meeting to deliberate on various issues including Zamfara issue.

After the meeting, neither the Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole nor any member of NWC who was present at the meeting briefed journalists who loitered around the Secretariat to hear outcome before heading to Presidential Villa.

The meeting was briefly attended by Yobe State Governor-elect, Mai Mala Buni, the outgoing National Secretary after which the party announced deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom as the acting National Secretary.

Meanwhile, the party has congratulated Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu over his emergence as the Chairman of Progressives Governor’s forum.

This was contained in a statement signed by the party’s spokesperson, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu and made available to journalists in Abuja.

The statement read, “We note Bagudu’s achievements in the agricultural sector, particularly rice production in Kebbi State which is in line with the diversification agenda of the President Muhammau Buhari-led APC administration.

“In line with the PGF’s Objectives of promoting good governance, ensuring developmental synergy across APC States and promoting the social democratic programmes of the APC, we are confident that under Bagudu’s leadership, the PGF will continue to contribute to the growth of our great party, promote our progressive ideals and support the President Buhari administration to continue to deliver on the promises made to the Nigerian people.

“We wish Bagudu a successful tenure as Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF).”

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