Zamfara: Tribunal affirms Lawal as Gov.; throws out Matawalle’s petition

The Zamfara State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, which was in session in Sokoto yesterday, validated Dr. Dauda Lawal’s election as the legitimate governor of the State.

The petition by Bello Matawalle, a former governor of the State, contesting the legitimacy of the election that elected Lawal as governor was also rejected by the court.

Matawalle, who is now Minister of State for Defence, had accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of subverting his victory at the polls, for failure to include the results of some ward areas, which if added, will give him victory with a wide margin.

Confirming the verdict, the Spokesperson to the Governor, Sulaiman Bala Idris, in a statement yesterday in Gusau, stated that the ruling represented the will and decision of the people.

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