The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday, declared the Zamfara state governorship election inconclusive.
In a unanimous judgment of the three-member panel of Justices, the appellate court held that the governorship election held in Zamfara State on March 18, 2023 was inconclusive and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in Maradun Local Government Area and some polling units in Birnin Magaji and Bukyun local government areas of the state.
It would be recalled that the Zamfara State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had, on September 18, affirmed the election of Dauda Lawal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of the state, having dismissed the petition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Bello Matawalle, challenging the outcome of the March 18 governorship election for lacking in merit.
INEC had declared Dauda Lawal winner of the Zamfara State Governorship election having scored the lawful majority votes of 377,726 votes to beat Matawalle, who scored only 311,976 to emerge the first runner-up in the election.
Credit: Nigerian Tribune