Appeal court declares Zamfara election inconclusive. In a great turn of events, the Zamfara state part of the appeal court sitting in Abuja the Nigeria capital on Thursday, November 16 2023 declared the gubernatorial election of Zamfara state held on the 25th March inconclusive.
The court of appeal said that the election held on the 25th of March is inconclusive and that the Independent National Electrote Commission to conduct a fresh election in some selected LGAs which include Maradun, Birnin Magaji, and Bukuyun Local Government Areas.
Recalled that the candidate of the APC Matawalle has challenged the outcome of the election through the tribunal which the tribunal has thrown the case for lack of merit, this has made the APC move further and seek redress from the appeal court.
Meanwhile, the Zamfara state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has shown their dissatisfaction with the ruling stating that it lacks merit and assuring their supporters that they will win even more votes if a rerun will be conducted, cautioning them to be calm and law-abiding as there is not any cause for alarm.
Speaking with reporters in Gusau, the state capital, Maijega conveyed the PDP’s confidence in securing a victory in the event of a rerun election. He asserted that Governor Dauda Lawal would emerge victorious, citing a substantial lead of over 65,000 votes against his opponent and the former governor.
Maijega who is the PDP spoke person emphasized that the total votes in contention in the three affected local government areas, where the rerun election is slated to take place, did not even amount to 100,000. With a note of assurance, he declared,
“It would be very impossible for the APC to secure all the votes in the forthcoming rerun election.” Maijega alluded to potential security challenges that might deter voters, especially in rural areas where polling units have been affected by banditry.
The PDP spokesman underlined Governor Lawal’s favorable chances in the rerun, pointing to the significant lead he had already established over the former Governor Bello Matawalle.
Additionally, Maijega hinted at the possibility of legal recourse, stating that Lawal might challenge the judgment of the Appeal Court at the Supreme Court, thereby indicating a potentially prolonged legal battle.
Acknowledging the challenges posed by security concerns, Maijega appealed to PDP members and supporters to come out in large numbers to secure Governor Dauda Lawal’s position.
The rerun election is expected to take place in a few polling units in Maradun, Bukkuyum, and Birnin Magaji local government areas.
Maijega concluded his remarks by saying, “Even if the PDP did not actively campaign, I am very optimistic that Dr. Dauda Lawal will still gain additional votes in those three local governments and retain his governorship position. I am appealing to our supporters to remain calm. We will, by the grace of God, sail through.”