Supreme Court Dismisses Zamfara APC Review Application
The supreme court on Friday dismissed an application by the Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) seeking a review of the 2019 ruling that barred the party from fielding candidates in the election.
It would be recalled that the apex court disqualified the party from fielding a governorship candidate and other elective positions in the 2019 general elections.
In his ruling, Justice Inyang Okoro, who read the decision of the five-man panel of justices, said order eight rule 16 prohibits the court from reviewing its own decision.
“The supreme court has no jurisdiction to sit over the appeal of its decision. The finality of the judgment of the supreme court is sealed,” he said.
“This application is a gross abuse of the process of this court. It violates the rules of this court.”
A member of the panel, Chima Nweze, however, delivered a dissenting judgment.
Nweze noted that: “I take the view that the court should allow the review of the consequential order.”
”This court has the powers to overrule itself when in error. I hereby enter an order setting aside the consequential order.”
He said the consequential order was made in error because candidates of the PDP in the 2019 general election held in the state were not parties to the appeal and ought not to have benefited.
“The consequential order complained against by the applicant has no bearing with the appeal brought by the APC and is hereby set aside, having been made in error”, he said.