In a unanimous ruling, the Courtroom of Enchantment in Abuja declared the governorship election in Zamfara State that produced Governor Dauda Lawal as inconclusive.
The courtroom additionally ordered a re-run in three native authorities areas of the state, together with Maradun, Birnin-Magaji and Bukyun.
The ruling adopted an attraction introduced earlier than the courtroom by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and rapid previous state governor, Bello Matawalle.
INEC had declared Lawal the competition winner, defeating the incumbent in a stunning final result.
The APC had challenged the victory on the Zamfara State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal however misplaced.
Nonetheless, the Courtroom of Enchantment overturned the tribunal’s determination and ordered a re-run within the affected areas.
The courtroom held that the tribunal didn’t take into account the APC’s proof in affirming Lawal’s victory.
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The courtroom additionally faulted INEC for counting on data it obtained from its INEC Outcome Viewing (IReV) portal to collate the ultimate results of the governorship election.
A contemporary election may also be carried out in polling models whose outcomes weren’t counted within the remaining tally.
The judgement is a setback for Lawal and the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP), who had hoped to consolidate their maintain on energy within the state.
It is usually a blow to INEC, which has been accused of incompetence within the conduct of the election.
The re-run is anticipated to happen within the coming weeks.
It’s unclear whether or not Matawalle will resign as Minister of State for Defence to contest the re-run.