- Dr. Matawalle said he would go to court over the Zamfara governorship election
- The PDP governorship candidate claimed the election was marred by rigging
- Matawalle expressed optimism that he will come out victorious in the tribunal
Dr. Bello Mohammed Matawalle who is the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara has vowed to reclaim his 'stolen mandate' at the elections petition tribunal.
Matawalle lost the governorship election to Hon. Muktar Idris of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but according to Daily Trust, the PDP candidate claimed facts and figures at his disposal showed he won the election.
He said: “The federal government supported the governor through the Minister of Justice and initiated an appeal judgment that put aside the Federal High Court judgment.
“Two days before election, INEC announced that, based on a court Order, the Zamfara APC will participate in the election. The governorship and state assembly elections were preoccupied by rigging and intimidation.
“A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. We think our democracy has taken a long time to mature for more than two decades.
“But it appears that today, those who used to claim decency and honesty have taken a step further to uproot our democracy."
Legit.ng, however, gathers that out of the 24 assembly members, nine are returning to the house while the speaker, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, had proceeded to the House of Representatives.
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Those who lost out include the deputy speaker, Alhaji Muhammad Abubukar; chief whip, Abdullahi Dansadau, Dayyabu Rijiya, deputy chief whip, Malam-Mani Malam-Mummuni, Abubakar Ajiya and Hashimu Shehu-Gazura.
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