The supreme court on Friday dismissed an appeal by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging the nullification of its primary elections in Zamfara state.
A five-man panel of the Supreme Court, in a unanimous judgment, held that the APC in Zamfara State did not conduct valid primaries from which its candidates emerged.
The apex court cancelled all votes cast for the party during the general elections in the state from guber to state and national assembly.
According to the ruling, the runner-up candidates should be sworn in.
The court ruled, “Candidate other than the first appellant with the highest vote stand elected. A cost of N10 million is awarded against the appellant.”
Justice Paul Galumje, in the lead judgment, upheld the earlier judgment by the Court of Appeal in Sokoto and dismiss the three appeal the affected APC candidates filed.
According to Justice Galumje, since the APC had no valid candidates, having not conducted valid primaries, the votes recorded by its candidates are wasted votes.