The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Friday lost its bid to govern Zamfara State for the next four years as the supreme court ruled that it did not conduct valid primaries in the 2019 general elections.
Also, the apex court validated the judgement of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, which gave the verdict that no valid primaries were conducted by the APC in Zamfara State.
Further, the Supreme court, in a unanimous judgement by a seven-member panel decided that a party that had no valid candidate cannot be said to have emerged winner of the recently conducted general elections.
In an appeal filed by the APC, the apex court ruled against the appellant and ordered a fine of N10 million against the APC.
It said, “Candidate other than the first appellant with the highest vote stand elected. A cost of N10 million is awarded against the appellant”.
The candidate of the APC, Mukhtar Idris, had been declared winner of the elections after he polled 534,541 votes despite controversies trailing his candidacy.
The PDP candidate is believed to have come second in the election and could now be declared the governor-elect in the state.
The ruling also affected all APC Zamfara House of Assembly candidates who were initially declared winners of their elections.
It would be recalled that An APC governor, Abdulaziz Yari, is the outgoing governor of the state.