The APC in Zamfara can now field candidates in the general elections following the Appeal Court judgement on Thursday.
The appellate court sitting in Abuja set aside the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which barred the APC from fielding candidates, in consonance with the earlier decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Federal High Court gave its ruling on 25 January on the same day that another court upheld the primaries organised by the state chapter of the party.
But a 3- man panel of the appellate court described the judgment in Abuja as an abuse of court process. The panel held that the trial court lacked the jurisdiction to have entertained the suit.
The panel further said the suit at the Federal High court was filed out of time.
It said while the electoral act provided for 14 days to institute a suit after the cause of action had arisen, the suit was filed 15 days after, making the action illegal.
A week ago, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation, asked INEC to postpone elections in Zamfara state.
Malami said he acted based on a petition from a law firm claiming that recent court judgments have annulled the stand of INEC that the APC did not conduct primaries in the state and can therefore not field candidates.
According to him, since the courts admitted that primaries were held, INEC should shift the elections to allow APC catch up with other parties in preparing for the polls.
But at a press conference in Abuja earlier on Thursday, Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman insisted that APC in Zamfara would not field candidates.
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