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Court bars PDP from Zamfara 2023 guber election

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Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress

Justice Aminu Bappa of the Federal High Court in Gusau, Zamfara State, on Tuesday, barred the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from contesting in the governorship election in the state after stopping them from conducting a fresh primaries.

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The court had earlier an­nulled the primaries that pro­duced Dauda Lawal Dare as gu­bernatorial candidate of PDP in Zamfara.

Lawal had polled 431 votes to win the governorship ticket in the party’s primary held on May 25, 2022.

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Three other aspirants — Abubakar Nakwada, Wadatau Madawaki, and Ibrahim She­hu-Gusau — had earlier with­drawn from the race, alleging irregularities.

But Adamu Maina, the re­turning officer for the primary, said their withdrawal was de­clined since it was without for­mal notice.

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However, in June, She­hu-Gusau, Madawaki and Aliyu Hafiz Muhammad — another as­pirant — filled a suit challenging the legality of the primary that produced Lawal as the party’s candidate.

They requested that the exer­cise be annulled due to alleged anomalies, contradictions, fraud, violation of the electoral act and the party’s constitution, among others.

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Delivering judgment in Sep­tember, Justice Aminu Bappa granted all the prayers of the plaintiffs and nullified the pri­mary.

He also ordered that a fresh primary should be conducted to produce a flagbearer, but Dare emerged winner of the fresh primary.

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However, in a ruling on Tues­day, Bappa nullified the prima­ries and held that PDP will not field any candidate for the 2023 governorship election in the state.

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