Orders INEC to hold fresh poll in 3 LGAs
By Vivian Okejeme Abuja
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, Thursday, declared as inconclusive, the governorship election that held in Zamfara State on March 18.
The court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, nullified the return of Governor Dauda Lawal of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) as the winner of the gubernatorial contest.
It ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), to conduct a fresh election in three Local Government Areas, LGAs, of the state.
The court however, did not award any cost to the respondents.
The court agreed with All Progressive Congress APC candidate that elections did not hold previously or where results from various polling units were not counted in the three LGAs.
In the lead judgement that was read by Justice Sybil Nwaka, the court held that it was wrong for INEC to rely on information it obtained from its IReV portal, to collate the final result of the governorship election.
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.