On May 24, the Supreme Court will deliver judgment on two appeals seeking to ascertain the authentic candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state.
Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, led other justices to fix the date after counsels to the parties adopted their written addresses. Justice Muhammad said it had become imperative to resolve the issues within the party before May 29 in order not to create a constitutional crisis in the state.
Some facts of the case:
- The APC and Malam Sanusi Dan-Alhaji had instituted the case against the primary election conducted by the party for the nomination of candidates to participate in the last general election.
- The Court of Appeal in Sokoto had disqualified the APC from nominating a candidate for the election on the grounds that the party did not conduct lawful primaries.
- Dan-Alhaji is seeking for the Court of Appeal to restore the Feb. 13 judgment of the Zamfara High Court which allowed APC to field candidates in the general election.
- Sen. Kabiru Marafa and 142 other members of the APC have urged the Supreme Court to dismiss Dan-Alhaji’s case and affirm the judgment of the Sokoto Appeal Court.
- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) sides with Marafa on the basis that it did not supervise any primaries conducted by the party as mandated by law.