Zamfara APC: Appeal Court strikes out suit challenging High court ruling

By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Editor

#TrackNigeria: The Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto on Wednesday struck out an appeal filed by a member of the House of Representatives and aspirant for the Zamfara All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship election, Hon. Aminu Jaji.

A High Court in Zamfara had ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recognise the primary elections purported to have held by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

However, dissatisfied with the High Court decision, Jaji appealed to the Court of Appeal in Sokoto to set the lower court’s judgement aside..

He later filed a motion to withdraw the appeal.

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Presiding over the new panel, Justice Jummai Sankey held that Jaji was free to withdraw the case based on Order 11, Rule 1, of the Appeal Court Laws.

According to the judge, the Appeal court noted records of previous panel as well as Supreme Court judgements and thereby dismissed the case based on Order 11, Rule 5 as required by law.

Earlier last Monday, an appeal panel presided over by Justice Ahmad Belgore disqualified itself from hearing the appeal based on issues of bribery allegations raised by Counsel to Sen. Kabiru Marafa, Barrister Muhammad Nuhu.

The President of the Court of Appeal therefore constituted a new panel headed by Sankey.

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