Zamfara: PDP congratulates Matawalle, others, assures of good governance 

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described its victory in Zamfara State as the triumph of the will of the people over manipulative forces.
Reacting to the Supreme Court judgement which sacked all the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that won the governorship, National and state assemblies in the state, the party says the victory is a clear pointer to the fact that no matter how long manipulations and anti-democratic tendencies appear to thrive, justice and the will of the people always prevail at the end of the day.
On Friday, the apex court sacked all the APC candidates that won the elections on the grounds that there was no primary elections in the state. It therefore ordered that the runners-up be sworn in if they fulfil the constitutional requirement of getting one quarter of the total votes cast in at least two-third of the local government areas of the state.
On Saturday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the PDP winner of all the three senatorial seats, seven House of Representatives positions and 23 out of the 24 House of Assembly seats.
Reacting to the development on Saturday, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, congratulated all its candidates in the state.
It assures the people of Zamfara State of a purposeful, people-based and result-oriented leadership that will unite and revitalize the state for the greater good, in line with the wishes and aspiration of the people.
While urging the people of Zamfara State to resist all forces of division and unite behind their new leaders to move the state forward, the party said Zamfara is blessed with abundant human and natural resources adding that the in-coming administration will direct all energies towards harnessing such resources for the wellbeing of all the people.… Read More...

Zamfara verdict: INEC takes action Monday

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The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, will on Monday take final decision on the Supreme Court judgement that annulled all votes scored by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, at the last general elections in Zamfara State.

The apex court in the judgement on Friday declared that the candidates of political parties with the second highest valid votes and the requisite spread should be returned as having been elected.

Reacting to the judgement, Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, said the Commission held an emergency meeting shortly after the judgement and would meet again Saturday.

“Following the Supreme Court’s judgment delivered today 24th May 2019 on the Governorship, National and State Assembly elections held in Zamfara State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) held an emergency meeting to consider the court’s decision.

“The Supreme Court ruled that the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not hold valid party primaries as required by law. It held that all the votes scored by the APC in the said elections are wasted votes and declared that the candidates of political parties with the second highest valid votes and the requisite spread should be declared as having been elected.

“The Commission will meet again tomorrow Saturday 25th May 2019 to further deliberate on the issues arising from the said judgment, while the final decision on the matter will be communicated to the public on Monday 27th May 2019”, he stated.


James Kwen, Abuja

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