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Court of Appeal reinstates Dauda Lawal as Zamfara PDP guber candidate

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THE Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal has reinstated Dauda Lawal as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s gubernatorial candidate in Zamfara state.

  Earlier, a high court based in Gusau, Zamfara state, presided over by Judge Aminu Bappa-Aliyu, had annulled the primaries that produced Dauda Lawal as the PDP gubernatorial candidate and instead ruled that the Democratic Party of the Pueblos does not have a candidate for governor in the state.

  In its ruling, the appeal court on Friday overturned a ruling by the Federal High Court.

  All members of the three-man panel of the Court of Appeal in Friday’s session agreed with the main judgment of Judge Muhammad Shu’aibu, who ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to accept Lawal as the gubernatorial candidate elected from the PDP in Zamfara state for the 2023 general elections.

  The panel said it was inconceivable that the Federal High Court judge would refuse to accept the INEC report of the primaries on the grounds that it was not certified despite being a public document and published on the INEC website.

  The panel added that the claimants did not properly join the appellant. Also, a court cannot award relief that the plaintiff did not seek. “The court is not Santa Claus,” the panel said.

  The PDP gubernatorial candidate, speaking through the Dauda Lawal Media Office, said the Court of Appeal ruling was a victory not only for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), but for all the people of Zamfara who yearns for a good government.

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  People are celebrating my appeal court ruling for their belief that under my leadership, Zamfara State will be a beacon for new ideas, determination, dynamism and endless possibilities.”

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