A federal high court in Zamfara state on Friday nullified the primary election that produced Alhaji Dauda Lawal Dare as state’s PDP governorship candidate in the forthcoming general elections in the state.
A former federal lawmaker who also contested for the election, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Gusau had approached court seeking for the nullification of the Peoples Democratic Party’s primary election won by Alhaji Dauda Lawal Dare citing gross irregularities as reasons.
Delivering the judgement, Justice Aminu Baffa Aliyu said all the prayers of the plaintiff had been granted by the court. The judgement was contained in a 109 page document.
Justice Aminu ordered that fresh primary election must be conducted to ensure justice and fairness to all parties.
Speaking shortly after the Judgement counsel to the plaintiff Barrister Ibrahim Ali said the judgement had been delivered and that the court started by resolving the issue of preliminary objections that were raised by the defendants.
“And the court held that it has the jurisdiction to entertain the matter because it is purely a pre election matter as we laid in our claims. The court looked at the merit of the matter and decided the case in favour of the plaintiffs”
“Our prayers were that the primary elections conducted by a committee led by Adamu Maina Waziri be nullified by the court and order be given by the court for the conduct of fresh election in line with PDP’s constitution and guidelines. All our prayers have been granted”
“The judgement was well evaluated because we proved our case beyond reasonable doubt and we are happy with the decision of the court,” Barrister Ali said.
However, the state legal adviser of the PDP in the state Barrister Bashir Abubakar Masama said they are going to study the judgement and take the next line of action adding that they would appeal the judgement.