A Federal high court sitting in Gusau has again nullified the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, governorship primary election that produced Dr. Dauda Lawal as PDP governorship candidate in Zamfara State.
Reading the judgment, the Presiding Judge, Justice Aminu Bappa said the PDP can not file a governorship candidate for the 2023 general election as the party violated section 82 of the 2010 electoral Act.
In a phone interview with Radio Nigeria, counsel to the Plaintiffs, Mr. Ibrahim Ali said the judgment was apt and would serve as a deterrent to other political parties to protect the country’s democracy.
According to Ali, they filed the case challenging the legality of the PDP governorship primary election, saying, 2022 electoral Act required that all political parties must notify the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, about their primary election 21 days before the election and all Aspirants be notified 7 days before the election but none was fulfilled.
On his part counsel to the defendant, Ajiya Shehu said they will appeal the judgment as the PDP and its candidate were not satisfied with the judgment.
He added that their team of lawyers would study the judgment to know the next line of action.
Reporting by Abdulrazak Bello; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade/Annabel Nwachukwu