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Supreme Court Affirms PDP’s Matawalle As Zamfara Governor

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The Nigerian Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the application of the All Progressives Congress (APC), seeking to nullify the judgement on Zamfara governorship election.

The apex court said the application was a gross abuse of court, frivolous and grossly vexatious and therefore awarded N2 million cost against the APC to be paid to the respondents.

Justice Inyang Okoro, who read the decision of the five-man panel of justices, said order eight rule 16 prohibits the court from reviewing its own decision.

He said, “The supreme court has no jurisdiction to sit over the appeal of its decision. The finality of the judgment of the supreme court is sealed.

“This application is a gross abuse of the process of this court. It violates the rules of this court.”

However, Justice Chima Nweze dissented, saying, “I take the view that the court should allow the review of the consequential order.”

”This court has the powers to overrule itself when in error. I hereby enter an order setting aside the consequential order.”

The Supreme Court had in an earlier judgement nullified the victory of the APC in the Zamfara governorship, national and state assemblies elections for not conducting valid primaries.

It ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue the certificate of return to the candidate of the political party with the next highest vote in the election.

That was how Muhammad Matawalle, of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate (PDP), was sworn in as governor.

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