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Court rules PDP out of Zamfara 2023 governorship election

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A Federal High Court sitting in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, has ruled the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) out of the 2023 governorship election to be held in the state.

The presiding Judge, Justice Aminu Bappa nullified the election of the party’s governorship candidate, Dauda Lawal-Dare.

Justice Bappa also disqualified the party from fielding a candidate for the 2023 governorship election in the state.

The judgement was the second time that the court would nullify the PDP governorship primary in Zamfara.

It could be recalled that the court, in September this year, nullified the election of Lawal-Dare following a petition filed by his opponent, Ibrahim Shehu, and two other aspirants challenging the primary election, and ordered a re-run election.

At the conclusion of the re-run election, Lawal-Dare re-emerged as the winner but Ibrahim Shehu once again went to court to challenge the recent election.

Justice Bappa, again, ruled in favour of Shehu.

The judge noted that the recent exercise was also characterised by a series of irregularities and nullified the process.

It consequently disqualified PDP from contesting the governorship election in 2023.

It is noteworthy that the Zamfara State Governor, Ambassador Bello Matawalle, also emerged in a similar vein under PDP in 2019 when he contested almost unopposed.

The court had, then, nullified the primary election of the then ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) following a protracted battle involving the former Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, and the Senator representing Zamfara Central, Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa. Read more.

 

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