BREAKING: Appeal Court orders rerun of Zamfara governorship election

The Abuja Court of Appeal has ruled the Zamfara State Governorship Election inconclusive, directing a re-run in three Local Government Areas – Maradun, Birnin-Magaji, and Bukyun.

The court emphasized the Election Petitions Tribunal’s oversight of evidence presented by the appellants (All Progressives Congress), while dismissing results from Maradun Local Government provided by both APC and INEC.

Six months after the Zamfara governorship election, the leadership of the North-Western state is now in question as the Appeal Court nullified the election of Governor Dauda Lawal.

Lawal, of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was declared the winner of the March 18 governorship election. In a shocking victory that dislodged then-incumbent Bello Matawalle of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he polled a total of 377,726 votes.

Matawalle scored 311,976 votes. The PDP candidate, now serving as the Minister of State for Defence, had accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of subverting his victory at the poll by failing to include the results of some ward areas.

 

But in an earlier ruling on September 18, the Zamfara Election Petitions Tribunal held that the petition was devoid of merit. While upholding Lawal’s victory, the tribunal awarded the N500,000 fine against the petitioners.

An unsatisfied Matawalle, as observers expected, took the matter to the Court of Appeal in Abuja, to challenge the decision of the lower court.

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