The Peoples Democratic Party governorship election that was conducted in the Zamfara has been declared invalid by a Federal High Court in Gusau, Zamfara State.
Dauda Lawan Dare has emerged from the primary as the party’s nominee for the state’s gubernatorial election in 2023.
Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, a former federal senator who also ran for the office, went before the court to ask for the annulment of the PDP primary election won by Dare due to egregious irregularities.
Justice Aminu Baffa Aliyu stated all of the plaintiff’s requests had been granted by the court in his Friday verdict, in a 109-page document that included the ruling.
To guarantee justice and fairness for all parties, Justice Aminu ruled that new primaries must be held.
Counsel for the plaintiff, Barrister Ibrahim Ali, said after the ruling, “The court looked at the merit of the matter and decided the case in favour of the plaintiffs.
“Our prayers were that the primary elections conducted by a committee led by Adamu Maina Waziri be nullified by the court and order be given by the court for the conduct of a fresh election in line with the PDP’s constitution and guidelines. All our prayers have been granted.
“The judgment was well evaluated because we proved our case beyond reasonable doubts and we are happy with the decision of the court.”
Meanwhile, Zamfara State legal adviser of the PDP in the state, Barrister Bashir Abubakar Masama, said the party would study the judgment and take the next line of action, adding that the ruling would be appealed.