Court declares March 18 Zamfara Gov poll inconclusive, orders rerun

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday declared the March 18 Zamfara Governorship Election, inconclusive.

A three-member panel of Justices unanimously nullified the return of Governor Dauda Lawal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the gubernatorial contest.

The judgement followed an appeal that was lodged before the court by the immediate past governor of the state, Bello Matawalle, who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the election.

In the lead judgement that was read by Justice Sybil Nwaka, the court held that the Zamfara State Election Petitions Tribunal did not consider the evidence provided by the appellants – All Progressives Congress (APC).

They also ruled that it was wrong for INEC to rely solely on information it obtained from its IReV portal, to collate the final result of the governorship election.

The results for Maradun Local Government submitted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives (APC) were also rejected by the court.