Supreme Court Judgment, Validation of Party Supremacy – Gov Bello

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Following the Supreme Court judgement in favour of the All
Progressives Congress, Niger state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani
Bello has said the judgment that further upheld his candidacy as the
standard bearer of APC for Niger state at the 2015 governorship
election laid credence to Party supremacy in a democratic set up.

A governorship aspirant has gone from high court, appeal court up to
the Supreme Court challenging the APC for allegedly denying him
nomination of the party; the Supreme Court dismissed the case for not
having locus standi.

In his reaction to the judgment contained in a statement issued by the
chief press secretary, Jibrin Baba Ndace yesterday, the governor said
the trend of judgments from the lower to the apex court showed that
the party was guided by its constitution in the conduct of the primary
that produced him as the candidate of the party..

According to him “With this decision of the Supreme Court, the
judgment of the apex court has further deepened democratic ethos and
affirms the party supremacy over any personal or group interest. It
has positioned the party in its rightful place.

“For me, I never lost focus or faith in the supremacy of the party
even when the plaintiff pursued his constitutional right to the
highest court of the land. The party’s constitution was tested at the
various courts of record in the country and the courts have affirmed
the supremacy of the party and its constitution,” he added.

He commended the plaintiff for resorting to the court for seeking
redress, stressing that Babangida’s action has further strengthened
democratic practice and party politics and therefore called on party
members to join hands with his administration in restoring the glory
of the state.

“We have just started a mid-term assessment tour of all the local
government councils to feel the purse of our people. We all need to
come together and rebuild Niger state to meet the dream of our
founding fathers. Let us all join hands together and put the past
behind us,” the governor advised. ELANZANEWS.M



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