Alhaji Kabiru Classic of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, a popular musician has been declared winner winner of the Anka/Talata-Mafara Federal House of Representative election by the apex court in the country, the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The highest court in the land canceled the votes allocated to the All Progressives Congress on the ground that the party had no candidates in the just concluded 2019 elections in Zamfara State.
The five man bench panel of the Supreme Court headed by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria,Justice Tanko Mohammed, while delivering an unanimous judgment inferred that the party did not conduct primary elections in the state which is a direct violation of the party’s constitution.
The popular musician contested for the seat of an House of Representative member to represent Anka/Talata-Mafara federal constituency and he polled the second highest number of votes during the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly 2019 election.
The obviously elated musician in his reaction to disclosed that the Supreme Court verdict is ‘the work of Almighty Allah’, He promised to work for the over all development of his constituency. He extend his appreciation to members of his party, the PDP in the state for their overwhelming prayers and support.
It will be recalled that last month the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) stated that the supreme court will determine the validity of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary elections in Zamfara state. Festus Okoye, INEC’s director of voter education, stated that the electoral body is law abiding and will continue to obey court orders no matter what.
The electoral body stated that “The Independent National Electoral Commission is a law-abiding institution. It is the policy of the commission to obey court orders and court decisions.
“The commission took the decision to exclude the candidates of the All Progressives Congress from the list of nominated candidates on the grounds that the party did not conduct primary elections.
“The party has taken the matter to the Supreme Court and it is only rational and prudent to wait for the decision of the Supreme Court before proceeding. The commission took a cautionary approach in suspending further issuance of certificates of return to the members-elect of the state assembly, the deputy governor-elect and the governor-elect.
“The commission will abide by the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter.
“The commission does not have any interest in who becomes the governor of Zamfara State but is only interested in the processes and procedures leading to the declaration of results and issuance of certificates of return.
“We are confident that the Supreme Court will conclude the hearing of the matter and deliver its judgment before the inuguration of elected members of the national and state assemblies.
“We believe that the people of Zamfara State deserve to know who their governor and representatives are before the terminal date of this regime.”
SOURCE : PUNCH,THE CABLE
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