The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, believes that even if the Supreme Court thought his party was “wrong” in Zamfara state and did not follow the rules, it ought to have asked for a repeat election and not outright disqualification.
He said the ruling which sacked all APC candidates who won elections in the North West state is an ‘injustice.’
Speaking at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Monday after a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), Oshiomhole said:
- “There is no justice when on grounds of technicalities, you impose on the people of Zamfara, not just a man or a woman, but a whole party’s candidates from Governor to Senate and others that they didn’t elect.”
- “If the court thought we were wrong, justice would have demanded that we repeat, but you can not use technicalities because we are in a democracy.”
- “There is nothing democratic when the court imposing strangers to govern a people.”
Bottom line: Oshiomhole gets no points for his argument. The Supreme Court and all the lower courts before it, ruled that since the APC did not conduct valid primaries, it means it did not have candidates. It is impossible for a party without candidates to win an election. That makes sense. Oshiomhole’s call for a fresh election means he wants the court to allow the party conduct a fresh primary three months after the conclusion of the election, to make it eligible for another general election.
In that case, what would stop any other party from asking for more time six months or one year after the elections? Clearly the argument is unsound, and thankfully it does not count. Even Oshiomhole admitted that much. “We understand that after the Supreme Court, we can only take our case to the Court of God, to that extent we must obey the Court,” he said.
Meanwhile the party has set up a committee to tackle the issues which it believes led to its defeat in Zamfara State. The five-man committee is chaired by the Deputy National Chairman, Otunba Niyi Adebayo.