Appeal court panel on Zamfara APC primaries withdraws over $3m bribe saga

Appeal court panel on Zamfara APC primaries withdraws over $3m bribe saga

Chidi Samuel|

The appeal court panel set up to hear the case challenging the verdict of a lower court on the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary poll in Zamfara state on Monday withdrew from the case.

The zamfara APC has been enmeshed in crisis following the inability of warring factions to resolve their differences over the outcome of APC primaries.

The matter has not been helped with two high courts giving different judgments on the matter.

While the Abuja federal high court upheld INEC’s decision rejecting APC candidates in the state, a high court in Zamfara, however, ruled that INEC should accept the candidates of the faction of Abdulaziz Yari, governor of the state.

Senator, Kabir Marafa, APC governorship aspirant, had appealed the judgement.

At the resumption of the case on Monday, Muhammad Nuhu, counsel to Marafa, alleged that the three-man panel had received a bribe of $3 million.

Nuhu said that had made them lose confidence in the panel. He, therefore, asked the president of the court of appeal to constitute a new panel that will entertain the matter because they no longer have confidence in the original panel.

Nuhu said, “My client is not comfortable with them and urge the president of the court of appeal to constitute a new panel to entertain the case.”

Ahmed Belgori, head of the panel, disqualified himself and his colleagues after Nuhu’s submission.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last month said that Zamfara APC will not take part in the 2019 elections following its inability to hold a successful primary election.

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