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Zamfara Gov’ship: Marafa Decries Delay In Constitution Of Appeal Panel

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Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) has asked the Court of Appeal President, Justice Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa to constitute the appeal panel to hear the Zamfara All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries tussle.

Marafa in a letter by his counsel, dated 13th March, this year, addressed to Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, said the delay in the constitution of the panel is likely to deny him justice.

The case number CA/32/2019/ Sen Kabiru Garba Marafa &142 others, was part of the pre-election suit/appeal trailing failure of the APC to conduct primaries in Zamfara State.

The letter reads in part: “ My lord, refer to our letter of concern (copy attached hereto) in which we had respectfully requested that the present panel hearing the above appeal recuses itself for the reasons already humbly adumbrated in the said attached letter dated 4th March 2019.

“The appeal came up on the 13th March, 2019 before the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal. My Lord to our surprise, the court did not sit but merely sent the court registrar to inform all counsels and parties concerned that it has recused itself from hearing the appeal; but without any word as to the constitution of another panel to hear the appeal or as to what date the matter will now come up for hearing before a new panel.

“This letter is therefore a SOS to your lordship to kindly and

urgently constitute a new panel to hear our client’s appeal. The urgency of this letter and your timeous action are underlined by the very fact that this appeal is constitutionally time-lined and same will expire on the 27th March 2019 constitutional effluxion of time. Where that happens, the appeal itself would lapse and die prematurely due to no fault of the appellants.

“We therefore respectfully appeal to your Lordship to kindly and urgently constitute a new panel to hear our appeal immediately. We look forward to your kind and timeous action, Sir.”

Further explaining, Marafa said; “There is a grand conspiracy by the Zamfara State government with the active support of some former governors and some Abuja politicians to frustrate the case, so that the 60 days for pre-election matter will elapse.  What that means is the case will die a “natural” death and the aggrieved party will not have the chance of going  to the  Supreme Court for redress.

“APC constitution vested the powers to conduct primary elections on its NWC, but the whole world witnessed Governor Yari live on Channels Television with the chairman of his faction, who is now a “member elect” for Kaura Namoda constituency in the State House of Assembly,

announcing result of a so-called primaries conducted by the state chapter of the  APC (Yari Faction) in the premises of their factional headquarters. This is clearly against our constitution and the party’s constitution.”

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