The Supreme Court has nullified the purported participation of the All Progressives Congress in the February 25 Senatorial election in Gombe South Senatorial District of Gombe State, noting that no election was held as claimed by the party.
The Apex Court nullified APC and its purported candidate, Joshua Lidani, out of the Senatorial contest on the ground that the party failed to conduct a primary election in accordance with the law in the nomination of its candidate.
While delivering judgment on Thursday, in an appeal brought before it by the APC, the Supreme Court held that the party did comply with the democratic process in the manners its conducted the primary election for Gombe South Senatorial candidate.
The court also stressed that the APC Primary Election Panel that conducted the primary election allocated the same figure to all the Senatorial aspirants that took part in the purported primary election result sheet.
Also, the report of the Independent National Electoral Commission monitoring team, read in the open court acknowledged that no primary election was held at the time the monitoring team left the venue as a result of threat to life, but figures were allocated to all aspirants later.
The Apex Court upheld the concurrent findings of both the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal to the effect that the party did not comply with laws in the conduct of the purported primary election.
In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice John Okoro, the Supreme Court criticized APC for boycotting internal democracy.
Justice Okoro explained that primary election must be conducted in accordance with the laws, regulations and guidelines of political parties.
“It is crystal clear that the appellant (APC) did not do well in the instant case and the implication is that the party has no candidate in the last Senatorial election in the Gombe South Senatorial District.
“If they won the Senatorial election, too bad for it because it has no lawful candidate and if it lost in the election, the better for it”, the Court held and subsequently dismissed the appeal by the APC.
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