The Supreme Court of Nigeria on Friday finally dismissed the application by the All Progressive Congress (APC) asking it to review its judgement which nullified the victory of the party’s candidates of at the 2019 general elections in the state.
With one out of seven justices dissenting, the court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed, held that the application by the APC is an abuse of court process, the same way the court decided in the cases of Imo and Bayelsa states.
Reading the majority judgement, Justice John Okoro said the apex court lacked the jurisdiction to review its own judgement, insisting that “The finality of the Supreme Court is sealed,” and adding that “The application is a gross abuse of court process, it is frivolous.”
“The application is hereby dismissed,” he said.
The court awarded the cost of N2 million against the appellant to be paid to the respondents.
APC’s counsel, Roberte Clarke, had urged the court to grant his clients’ application by setting aside the consequential order which gave victory to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates in the state, asking also that the apex court order the APC to conduct fresh primaries.
He argued that the apex court’s previous orders were made without jurisdiction.
However, lawyer to the Kabiru Marafa faction of APC faction in Zamfara, Mike Ozekhome, urged the apex court to dismiss the application and award huge costs against the applicants’ lawyer.
The Supreme Court had, on May 24, ruled that the APC did not conduct valid primaries in the build-up to the 2019 general elections in Zamfara, upholding the judgement of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, which ruled that no valid primaries were conducted by the APC in Zamfara State.