Recall that the Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto led by Justice Tom Yakubu, had on Monday, set aside the judgement of a Zamfara High Court on the APC primaries that produced the party’s candidates for the governorship, National and State Assembly elections.
In a statement to Naija News on Sunday by his spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, the former governor urged INEC to demonstrate courage by presenting certificates of return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship, National Assembly and State House of Assembly candidates in Zamfara State.
Fayose said, “Those who cannot play by their own rules and run the affairs of their own party in accordance with laid down rules should not be rewarded with elective positions.
“INEC must, therefore, act decisively by halting the presentation of the certificate of return to the impostor termed APC governorship candidate, withdraw it from the National Assembly candidates and hand the certificates to the PDP candidates who are lawful winners of the elections.”
The chieftain of the PDP also congratulated his party candidates in the state especially the governorship candidate, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, saying “those who believed that they can impose their wish on the people of Zamfara State will be defeated ultimately.”
“This is a great victory for democracy. It is a sign that all hope is not lost.
“When parties in government behave as if they are law unto themselves, forgetting that the country is bigger than all of us, the judiciary becomes the only saviour.
“One is therefore relieved that the judiciary is giving Nigerians hope that all will still be well with democracy in the country and I salute those courageous judges of the Appeal Court and others who have refused to be boxed into submission,” Fayose said.
He also saluted the courage of Senator Kabiru Marafa, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) and others, who despite being members of the APC, refused to succumb to injustice and brazen disregard for the party’s rules by the powers-that-be.