Group Faults Zamfara Governor-Elect’s Presence At Retreat

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A group, Zamfara Coalition for Good Governance has accused Alhaji Muktar Shehu the state’s governor-elect of violating the Judiciary on Zamfara APC primaries.

The group in a statement at the weekend said Shehu’s participation at last week’s retreat held for outgoing governors and newly elected governors last week despite the fact that he is yet to be issued certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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The statement reads signed by Aliyu Adamu reads “The Appeal Court sitting in Sokoto on 24th March ,2019 made some major pronouncement on the APC Primaries in Zamfara State towards the 2019 Elections”.

“Delivering the lead judgment, which was adopted by two other justices — Tijjani Abubakar and Jamilu Tukur — Justice Tom Yakubu held that the lower court failed in its duty to properly evaluate the evidence before it”.

“Yakubu said judges have the legal power to produce judgment and reach decisions with reason, noting that in the instance case, it was not done.

“I am convinced that the lower court has failed to evaluate the evidence before reaching the decision.

“The Appeal Court has power in law to access pieces of evidence on appeal, which we have done”.

“Based on available facts, the respondents did not contradict the INEC evidence on conducting the said primary election,” Yakubu said.

The presiding judge, said, “Documented evidence has upper consideration than oral ones.”

“The judges agreed that the judgment should serve as “bitter lesson” for political parties as they ought to follow legitimate guidelines and rules”.

“Domestic affairs of political party activities must act within the confines of the law in dealing with party members and elections,” the judges agreed.

“The matter has since gone to the Supreme Court that has yet to fix a date for its decision.

The position of the law is that until the superior court makes a pronouncement on the matter,the appellate decision subsists”.

“It is in this context that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has rightly refused to issue certificate of returns to APC candidates said to have emerged victorious in the National Assembly and Governorship elections in the state”.

“But to the consternation of all decent Nigerians and respecters of rule of law ,Alhaji Muktar Shehu Idris participated fully in the retreat held by the Governors Forum for outgoing and in-coming Governors in Abuja last Monday”.

“It was surprising that nobody questioned his presence at the event which was a clear subversion of the rule of law. This wanton disrespect for the court was a continuation of a noticeable disturbing patterns in the country where some powers feel they can act above the law and get away with it”.

“This open confrontation with the judiciary must not be allowed to pass just like that.

The only difference between an orderly society and anarchic one is the rule of law.

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The moment individuals can ride roughshod above the rule of law without consequence,anarchy is surely at the door”.

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