THE Federal High Court in Gusau, Zamfara, has declared the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary election in the state invalid.
The presiding judge, Aminu Bappa-Aliyu, ordered new elections because the previous one, in which Dauda Lawan-Dare was declared the winner, was riddled with irregularities.
“The court granted the plaintiffs’ prayers in this honorable court and hereby rules in their favor.” “The 109-page judgment will be presented to both parties’ counsel,” Bappa-Aliyu said.
Following the conclusion of the party’s primary election in May, three aspirants petitioned the court, requesting that the results be annulled due to noncompliance with the party’s constitution and other irregularities.
The plaintiffs had filed the suit against Lawan-Dare, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the chairman of Zamfara PDP governorship primary election committee, Adamu Maina-Waziri, and the chairman of Zamfara State PDP, retired colonel, Bala Mande. The Zamfara State legal adviser of the PDP, Bashir Abubakar Masama, told journalists that the party would appeal the judgment.
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“The judgment was in favour of the plaintiffs, but we are going to look at the judgment, the record and everything to see the next line of action and I believe we are going to appeal,” Masama said.