Thursday, September 29, 2022

Court nullifies Zamfara PDP guber primary

The PDP governorship primaries held on May 25 and produced Dr Dauda Lawal-Dare, as the party’s governorship candidate for the state’s 2023 governorship election.

• September 16, 2022
PDP logo used to illustrate the story

The Gusau Division of the Federal High Court in Zamfara has nullified the governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 general elections in the state.

Justice Aminu Bappa-Aliyu, on Friday, ordered that the party should immediately conduct fresh governorship primaries.

The PDP governorship primaries held on May 25 and produced Dr Dauda Lawal-Dare, as the party’s governorship candidate for the state’s 2023 governorship election.

Three aspirants, who are plaintiffs in the suit, Dr Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau, Wadat Madawaki and Hafiz Muhammad, sought the nullification of the primary election over alleged irregularities.

The election was conducted by a committee sent from the PDP National Headquarters Abuja, led by Adamu Maina-Waziri.

The defendants are the PDP, Maina-Waziri, retired Colonel Bala Mande, Zamfara PDP Chairman; Mr Lawal-Dare, the PDP governorship candidate, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The presiding judge, Bappa-Aliyu, said the court granted all the prayers of the plaintiffs.

“The court has granted the prayers submitted in this honorable court by the plaintiffs and hereby ruled in their favour.

“The 109-page judgment will be presented to the counsel of both parties,” the judge said.

Addressing journalists at the court premises, the counsel to the plaintiffs, Ibrahim Aliyu, said the court nullified the election of Mr Lawal-Dare based on the prayers they submitted before the court.

“We are happy today as the court has answered our prayers and cancelled the election of Dauda Lawal-Dare as PDP candidate in Zamfara state.

“Part of our prayers: we urged the court to nullify the primary elections because of a series of irregularities and we are happy that our prayers were granted.”

Responding, the State Legal Adviser of the PDP, Bashir Masama who represented the defendants, said the PDP would study the judgment and take the necessary action.

“Yes, the judgement was in the favour of plaintiffs and all the defendants are going to study it and take next action,” Mr Masama added. 


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette


Kano cleric under trial for blasphemy accuses his lawyer of collecting N2 million bribe

Speaking to reporters after the court session, Mr Shehu-Usman denied the allegation of receiving a bribe.

Ahmad Lawan and Bashir Machina

Heading 3

Lawan throws in towel after failed attempts to snatch senatorial ticket from Machina

Mr Lawan, a sixth-term federal lawmaker, had resorted to returning to the Senate after failing to secure his party’s presidential ticket at the June 8 primary election.

Yemi Alade/BIC


Yemi Alade partners BIC to promote new learning initiatives

The partnership is geared toward improving the learning conditions for 250 million students by 2025.

Court symbol used to tell the story


My wife’s infidelity affecting our children; divorce-seeking husband tells court

Mr Haliru, a public servant, told the court on Thursday that his wife has been having extramarital affairs for about one year now.

Geng Quangrong


Kano Murder: Case stalled as Chinese man failed to find lawyer to defend him

When the case came up for re-arraignment on Thursday, Mr Geng sought for an adjournment to enable him to engage a lawyer to represent him.



Sales agent bags 9 months’ imprisonment for stealing employer’s money

Mr Nasir, 30, a resident of Suleja, Niger, was convicted and sentenced after pleading guilty to theft.