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HIGH COURT RESERVES JUDGEMENT ON SUIT CHALLENGING ZAMFARA PDP GUBER PRIMARY

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HIGH COURT RESERVES JUDGEMENT ON SUIT CHALLENGING ZAMFARA PDP GUBER PRIMARY

The Federal High Court, sitting in Gusau, on Monday reserved judgement on a suit challenging the credibility of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship primary election in Zamfara.

Justice Aminu Bappa Aliyu stated this at the court sitting after all the counsels to the parties adopted their final written addresses on the matter.

Justice Aliyu said that the case was adjourned and the date for the judgement will be communicated to all parties of the case later.

The PDP Governorship Primary in the state held on May 25, produced Dr Dauda Lawal Dare, as the party’s governorship candidate for the 2023 general elections in the state.

Three PDP Governorship aspirants and plaintiffs in the suit, Dr Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, Alhaji Wadatau Madawaki and Hafiz Muhammad are seeking the nullification of the primary election over alleged irregularities.

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

The defendants are the PDP, Maina Waziri, and retired Col. Bala Mande, the Zamfara State PDP Chairman, Lawal-Dare, PDP Governorship candidate, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Speaking to journalists after the adjournment, a counsel to the plaintiffs, Ibrahim Aliyu said “we have written addresses in this matter, there by closing the whole trials leaving the court with the jurisdiction to determine the outcome of the case”.

“You know, we presented to the court the facts and pleadings contained in our court processes we have already filed earlier.

“We have laid sufficient evidences to establish the facts that there were non compliance with the guidelines of the PDP for the conduct of primary election as well as the PDP constitution 2017 as amended and also the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as the Electoral Act. 2022

“Everything was left for the court to decide on the matter”, Ibrahim explained.

Also speaking to journalists at the court premises, a Counsel to the 2nd and 3rd defendants, Chinedu Ezeh said all the trials has been concluded and evidences were laid before the honourable court.

“You know, what we are contending is that, the case should be dismissed for lack of prove.

“A Counsel to the 1st and 4th dependants, Chukwuebuka Okafor said plantiffs have no enough evidences to support their case.

“All their witnesses and evidences were water down during cross examination.

“These are part of the presentations we made during the sitting, we just adopted all what happened”, Okafor explained.

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