Supreme Court Affirms Lawal’s Election As Zamfara Governor
The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Dauda Lawal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Zamfara Governor.
The apex court set aside the decision of the Court of Appeal Abuja, which had declared the Governorship Election as inconclusive and ordered a re-run in three Local Government Areas of the state.
The Court of Appeal had in November nullified the election of Lawal’s election.
He 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 polled377,726 votes. Matawalle scored 311,976 votes.
The APC candidate, now serving as the Minister of State for Defence,accused INEC of subverting his victory at the poll by failing to include the results of some ward areas.
Inruling on September 18, the Zamfara Election Petitions Tribunal held that the petition was merit. While upholding Lawal’s victory, the tribunal awarded 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
Respite came for Matawalle at the appellate court as the three-member panel led by Justice Oyebisi Folayemi, nullifiedas the winner of the governorship poll.
Justice Sybil Nwaka ordered INEC to conduct a fresh election in three local government areas of thewhere elections had not been held previously or where results from various polling units were not counted.
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