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Zamfara gov’ship: Appeal court affirms nullification of PDP primary

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State has lost its bid to overturn the judgement of the Federal High Court in Gusau as the…

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State has lost its bid to overturn the judgement of the Federal High Court in Gusau as the court of Appeal in Sokoto, Sokoto State, has upheld the nullification of its governorship primary election held on May 25, 2022.

Justice M. L. Shu’aibu, who read the unanimous judgement of three justices, dismissed the entire suit for “lack of merit.”

He described the PDP’s suit as mere academic exercise and awarded N100,000 cost against the appellants.

He upheld the decision of the Federal High Court in Zamfara State that nullified the May 25, 2022 PDP primary election which produced Dauda Dare as governorship candidate over “substantive irregularities.”

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He said the appellants had complied with the lower court’s judgement delivered by Justice Aminu Bappah-Aliyu and participated in the fresh primary election which was conducted on September 23.

He further said that participating in the fresh primary, testimonies of witnesses and documents submitted as exhibits, the appellants had agreed with the violation of the Electoral Act, as well as stipulated PDP guidelines.

He further said that he perused all the arguments presented by the different counsels, citations of court judgements and other judicial considerations and arrived at the decision, thereby dismissing the suit based on lack of merit and upheld the lower court’s judgement.