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‘Buhari ought to have fired Defense Minister’ Zamfara Emir’s Chairman

The Emir of Anka, who is also the Chairman of the Zamfara State Council of Chiefs , Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad , has again taken a swipe at the Minister of Defence , Mansur Dan -Ali , for accusing traditional rulers of aiding banditry.

The traditional ruler, who stated this in an exclusive interview with one of our correspondents on Saturday, said the minister ought to have been fired by President Muhammadu Buhari for making this allegation .

The emir , who described the minister ’ s allegation as serious , said Dan – Ali , who hails from Birnin Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara State , ought to have relocated to his local government as part of efforts to tackle banditry .

He said , “ It is very unfortunate for the defence minister to accuse us of aiding banditry . If it were in another country, the minister would have been fired because it is a very serious allegation . He said it was not only the traditional rulers in Zamfara that were aiding the bandits but even those in other parts of the North . But we kept quiet because he is our own . Go to his local government area and see what is happening . So , as a defence minister , he should have relocated there. ”

The traditional ruler expressed disappointment with the performance of some newspapers which reported that the Zamfara emir made a U- turn on their allegations that the Nigerian Air Force mistakenly killed innocent people during its operations against bandits .

Ahmad stated , “ They (journalists ) said I made a “U – turn. ” There wasn ’ t any time I made any U- turn and I was surprised that this came from a reputable media organisation . When the military officers came here on a visit , they mentioned it frankly that I was sincere with them and they were all in a sober mood . There was nothing wrong with our statement . All we said was that mistakes could happen.

“ It happened everywhere in the world . It happened in America , England and other countries . There were some mistakes during military operations in some of our villages . So it is not a denial. Anybody can come and see what we are saying. It is something that can be seen. You can see the damage, and we have people who lost their relations . They are there for questioning. We asked the soldiers to come and we would take them to places where this happened .

“ Even you as a journalist , if you want to go , I will direct you to Tangram and you will see the damage and you can interview the relatives of those killed . The same thing happened in Dungurum area of Zurmi Local Government. It happened in Gusau and Tsafe local government areas too . ”

However , the emir commended the Federal Government for deploying troops to the state to combat banditry.
But he noted that the troops deployed were not adequate .

Ahmad stated , “ I have already explained that I have an able officer deployed in my domain. The only hindrance is that the troops deployed here are very few in number and have no required equipment to fight the bandits . Nevertheless, the leader of the team acts promptly and very fast whenever there is a problem . ”

According to him , the soldiers are seriously inadequate , “ not only in my domain, but in the whole state . ”

Supreme Court’s has the final say on Zamfara APC primaries – INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will rely on the ruling of the Supreme Court before taking any decision on the primary elections of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Zamfara State.

Recall that INEC had withheld certificates of return of the state Governor-elect, Alhaji Mukhtar Shehu, following the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Sokoto.

However, the APC and her governor-elect,have repeatedly insisted that the Court of Appeal did not nullify their primary elections.

INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, on Monday in Abuja, said the commission would remain law-abiding.

He said, “The Independent National Electoral Commission is a law-abiding institution. It is the policy of the commission to obey court orders and court decisions.

“The commission took the decision to exclude the candidates of the All Progressives Congress from the list of nominated candidates on the grounds that the party did not conduct primary elections.

“The party has taken the matter to the Supreme Court and it is only rational and prudent to wait for the decision of the Supreme Court before proceeding. The commission took a cautionary approach in suspending further issuance of certificates of return to the members-elect of the state assembly, the deputy governor-elect and the governor-elect. The commission will abide by the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter.”

He added, “The commission does not have any interest in who becomes the governor of Zamfara State but is only interested in the processes and procedures leading to the declaration of results and issuance of certificates of return.

“We are confident that the Supreme Court will conclude the hearing of the matter and deliver its judgment before the inuguration of elected members of the national and state assemblies.

“We believe that the people of Zamfara State deserve to know who their governor and representatives are before the terminal date of this regime.

The commission receives dozens of letters daily. The commission replies letters it receives but takes decisions based on the orders and judgments of courts.

“The commission studies the judgments and takes its decisions based on the judgements and orders and not based on the opinions and decisions of lawyers.”

Zamfara: Appeal court declares Zamfara APC 2019 primaries null and void

The Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto on Monday set aside the judgment delivered by the Zamfara high court, allowing the All Progressives Congress (APC) to field candidates in the 2019 election.

The appeal followed an application by Sen. Kabiru Marafa, chairman of the senate committee on petroleum (downstream) and 129 others through Mike Ozheokome, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), TheCable reports.

Respondents to the appeal were Kabiru Liman-Danalhaji and 139 others represented by Mahmud Magaji, SAN, as lead counsel.

The lead judgment was delivered by Justice Tom Yakubu and adopted by Tijjani Abubakar and Jamilu Tukur, and held that the lower court failed in its duty to properly evaluate the evidence before it.

Yakubu said judges have the legal power to produce judgment and reach decisions with reason, noting that in the instance case it was not done.

“I am convinced that the lower Court has failed to evaluate the evidence before reaching the decision. The Appeal Court have power in law to access pieces of evidence on appeal, which we have done,” he held.

”Based on available facts the respondents did not contradict the INEC evidence on conducting the said primary election.”

The presiding judge, said “documented evidence has upper consideration than oral ones”.

Yakubu held that the plaintiffs being card-carrying party members and aspirants in the said primary election have legal capacity to institute the suit.

He added that federal, states and FCT high courts have jurisdiction to entertain such matter.

The judges agreed that the judgment should serve as “bitter lesson” for political parties as they ought to follow legitimate guidelines and rules.

“Domestic affairs of political party activities must act within the confines of the law in dealing with party members and elections” the judges agreed.

Recall that just before the elections a Zamfara high court had recognised the primary election the produced governorship, state and national assembly candidates held by the APC faction loyal to Abdulaziz Yari, the governor, and ordered INEC to accept the party candidates for the elections.

The appellants, dissatisfied with the ruling, approached the appeal court challenging the decision on the ground that the state high court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit among others.

“I have asked all the IDPs residing in my Shinkafi houses to immediately pack out” Zamfara Guber candidate ejects IDPs

The All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) governorship candidate in Zamfara State, Alhaji Sani Shinkafi, on Wednesday reafirmed his order all displaced persons residing in his houses in Shinkafi, Zamfara State, to vacate for voting for the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

He made the confirmation in Gusau during a press conference organized by a coalition of some political parties in the state protesting against the elections.

“I have asked all the IDPs residing in my Shinkafi houses to immediately pack out because they are not serious in life.

“These are people who had to leave their villages due to insecurity caused by a government that could not provide such basic necessity to them, yet they went and sold their votes at the last elections trying to bring back the same gang,” he claimed.

INEC: “APC Has No Guber Candidates in Rivers & Zamfara”

Going by the final list releaesed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday 2nd february 2019 for gubernatorial candidates and House of Assembly candidates for the March 2 election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in both Rivers and Zamfara States won’t be fielding any candidates.

In a similar development, despiote the consistent insistence by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that the candidature of Senator Buruji Kashamu wont be up-holding, the Senator again floored the PDP, making the final list of the commission as the Ogun State gubernatorial candidate of the party.

These developement stemmed from the reveiew of the respective
court judgments delivered last week by a Federal High Court in Abuja and Zamfara State High Court in Gusau, the ruling APC did not conduct party primaries in the state.

These details were contained in a statement signed by the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Voter Education and Publicity, Mr Festus Okoye, and made available to the press (details culled from ThisDay Newspapers).

Mr. Festus stated: “INEC met today, 30th January 2019 and, among other things, approved the final list of candidates for the governorship, state assembly and FCT Area Council elections scheduled to hold on 2nd of March 2019. On the whole, there are 1,066 candidates for the governorship elections, 14,583 for the state assembly elections and 806 for the FCT Area Council elections broken down into 105 chairmanship candidates and 701 councillorship candidates.

“The commission would like to reaffirm its commitment to obeying all court judgments, even when it disagrees with them. However, these are clearly two contradictory judgments delivered by two courts of coordinate jurisdiction on the same day.

“The commission reviewed the situation concerning the APC fielding candidates for the governorship and state assembly elections in Zamfara State. Commission noted that there are two court judgments on the matter – one from a State High Court in Gusau and the other from a Federal High Court in Abuja.

“The former judgment clearly said that the APC conducted primaries in Zamfara State, contrary to the position of the commission. On the other hand, the Federal High Court in Abuja ruled that the party did not conduct valid primaries and therefore is ineligible to field candidates for the elections.

“Consequently, the commission has decided to maintain its original position that the party in question did not conduct primaries and, therefore, in line with Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), is not eligible to field candidates for the National Assembly, governorship and state assembly elections in Zamfara State,” Okoye added.