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Zamfara Ruling: APC Did Not Get Justice, Says Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) complained that the party did not get justice in Zamfara State.


The Chairman was reacting to the declaration by the Apex court which unseated all the candidates of the party who participated in the last general election in the state.

The Supreme court had ruled that there was no valid primary election for the APC, therefore, voided its votes in the polls.

Two days after, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) obeyed the ruling of the Apex court by declaring members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the winner of the elective positions.

Reacting while speaking to journalists on Monday, Oshiomhole complained that Zamfara people voted the APC but the court imposed the PDP on the ground of technicalities.

“How can you ask me how I feel if the people of Zamfara voted for us in the manner that they did and the court says that those votes were wasted. Meanwhile, at the time those votes were cast, a high court had ruled that those candidates were validly nominated,” Oshiomhole said.

“There is something that I learnt from Lord Denning, a famous British Supreme Court Justice, that the law has to be interpreted taking into account the intention of the lawmakers and try to deliver justice in its purest form.

“So, there is no justice when on the ground of technicalities, you imposed on the people of Zamfara state, not just a man or a woman, but whole party candidates from governor to senate and others that they didn’t elect.

“If the court thought we were wrong, the justice would have demanded that we repeat. But you can not use technicalities because we are in a democracy, there is nothing democratic when the court imposes strangers to govern a people.

“But we understand that after the supreme court, we can only go to the Court of God. To that extent, we must obey the Court. But what we got in Zamfara is a judgment that didn’t translate to justice.”

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