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The Supreme Court has pronounced the primaries conducted to fill the Gubernatorial candidate in Zamfara State by the All Progressive Congress (APC) as null and void. The ruling was made on Friday, May 24, 2019.
The ruling was a unanimous judgement by a five-member panel. They decided that a party that had no valid candidate cannot be said to have emerged winner of the recently conducted general elections.
“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.
Following this ruling, the PDP candidate – Alhaji Bello Matawallen-Maradunis believed to have come second in the election and could now be declared the governor-elect in the state.
This ruling also affects all House of Assembly seats won in Zamfara by APC candidates.
The court also sanctioned the APC with a fine of N10 million.