Mr. Hilard Etta, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Vice Chairman South South, has described the Supreme Court’s ruling which upturned the party’s electoral victory in Zamfara State, as a sad one for it and its members.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the five-member panel of the Supreme Court justices, in a unanimous judgement on Friday, declared that the APC in Zamfara had no candidates in the 2019 general elections.
This, it explained was because the party failed to conduct a recognised primaries in accordance with party rules.
In the lead judgment by Justice Paul Galinji, the apex court held that all votes cast for the APC during the general election were “wasted votes”.
He declared that all political parties with the second highest votes in the elections and the required spread, were elected to various elective positions in the state, NAN reports.
“It is a sad day for every member of the APC. It is a very sad day for us,”Eta said while speaking on the development on telephone.
On internal democracy in the party, Eta said internal democracy was a serious problem in the country, saying that it was work in progress.
He added that the party leadership had, however, made a lot of strides within its fold.