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HOW ZAMFARA PDP CONCEDEDTO FEDERAL HIGH COURT GUSAU JUDGEMENT AND APPEAL SAME

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Anas Sani Anka

Managing Editor

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It sounds unbelievable when papers went viral on the Social Media that, the People’s Democratic Party and indeed its gubernatorial candidate Dr. Dauda Lawal had filed an appeal challenging the decision of the Federal High Court, Gusau over the nullification of the 25th May 2022 Gubernatorial primary election conducted by the party.

The party has allegedly appeal the judgment of Justice Aminu Bappa led High Court on the grounds of certain errors detected in the judgment.

But stakeholders believed the decision by the PDP and its Gubernatorial candidate to appeal same judgment is completely an indecision that is capable of causing a further confusion within the party.

They advocated for more peaceful steps to resolve the lingering crises between Eng. Ibrahim Shehu, Hafiz Muhammad Nahuche and Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare.

It could be recalled the Federal High Court Gusau presided over by Justice Aminu Bappa had nullified the PDP Primary Election that produced Dr. Dauda Lawal as the PDP Gubernatorial candidate and ordered the PDP to go back and conduct fresh Primary Election that is in tandem with the law. It also ordered INEC to accept any candidate produced by the same fresh Primary Election for the purpose of the conduct of the 2023 elections.

IT WAS TRUE AN APPEAL WAS FILED IN RESPECT OF THE JUDGMENT DELIVERED BY AMINU BAPPA LED FHC GUSAU.

The spokesperson of the embattled PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya had confirmed that an appeal has been made in respect of the Federal High Court Gusau judgment.

He said the party and indeed Dr. Dauda Lawal are awaiting further communication from the Sokoto Division of the Court of Appeal regarding the substantive date fixed.

He said the legal team of the PDP and that of the Gubernatorial candidate insisted that there are windows to succeed in the appeal and the grounds are solid if they are tested at the appellate court.

“Despite conceding to the judgment by conducting fresh election, they can still appeal the judgment because there are grounds to leverage often”.

WE ARE YET TO BE SERVED WITH THE NOTICE OF APPEAL BY THE PDP AND DR. DAUDA LAWAL: IBRAHIM SHEHU

The spokesperson of Eng. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau one of the supposed defendants in the appeal Comrade Nasiru Ahmad Zabarma has reacted that neither his principal or any of his Aides were not served with the notice of appeal made by the PDP and Dr. Dauda Lawal.

He said he wondered how PDP and Dr. Dauda Lawal would appeal same judgment they have conceded hence they had since conducted another Primary Election which also has been contested by Ibrahim Shehu and Hafiz Nahuche in court.

“To the best of our knowledge, the PDP and indeed Dr. Dauda Lawal had conceded to the judgment of the Federal High Court Gusau since they have conducted fresh Primaries and reproduced Dr. Dauda Lawal. I don’t understand the idea of appeal again”.

“We have already approached the Federal High Court Gusau again with another fresh suit challenging the conduct of the fresh Primaries conducted by the PDP and I am sure the parties are fully served”.

“Remember that the Accord Party is already in court challenging the PDP for conducting fresh party primaries not in compliance with the provision of section 82(1) of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended”.

He insisted that his principal is ready to fight it at the court of appeal once he received the service of the notice of appeal.

REACTION OF LAWYERS: LEGALITY OF THE APPEAL BY THE PDP AND DR. DAUDA LAWAL

Some lawyers interviewed in Gusau had insisted that it resulted to an abuse of court processes for someone to concede to a court judgment and appeal same because issue of judgment is a “two-way-traffic” you either accept the verdict and act according to the order as contained in the judgment or in alternative, one shall opt for an appeal.

If it is true that the PDP and Dr. Dauda Lawal had appealed the Federal High court judgment after conducting fresh party Primaries on the order of the court it is surely and abuse of court process and I am sure the Court of Appeal will do the most needful” a private legal practitioner based in Gusau stated.

Another lawyer said. ‘”the PDP and its embattled gubernatorial candidate Dr. Dauda need to be guided properly by his legal team. No lawyer can advise his client to appeal a court judgment that has been conceded but, meanwhile, time shall tell.

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ZAMFARA SEN. YAU INAUGURATES 2023 CAMPAIGN URGES CONSTITUENTS TO VOTE FOR TINUBU & ALL APC CANDIDATES

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The Senator representing Zamfara North Sahabi Alh Yau has inaugurate his 2023 campaign at Kaura Namoda local government area, the headquarters of the Senatorial zone.

The campaign inauguration was attended by hundreds of party supporters and well-wishers who joined the campaign rally with jubilation.

The Senator who expressed satisfaction with the effort he has put in place so far in delivering to his 2019 campaign promises assured that if provided the opportunity again, he will do more to consolidate from what he has done and ensure that more federal opportunities are brought to the door steps of his constituents.

He took time to make a review of his stewardship and thanked his constituents for given him the opportunity to represent them at the Nigeria’s upper chamber.

On the APC Presidential candidature, Sen. Yau in insisted that, Tinubu and Shetima Presidential candidature is the best option for Nigeria especially with the effort put in place by the Buhari led administration and why the gesture need to be sustained.

He urged people of his constituency to massively vote for Tunubu and Shatima as well as all the APC candidates across the board.

AFormer Governor Mahmuda Shinkafi, former Sen. Tijjani Yahaya and a host of other prominent personalities from the Zone attended the campaign Flag off.

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ZAMFARA: WHY ENGR SULEIMAN GUMMI’S DESPERATE TACTICS WON’T SAVE PDP

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Yusuf Idris Gusau

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This is no doubt the best of times for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State.

The party and its many candidates deserve the sympathy of all for the current situation it finds itself in.

Having lost all hopes of making any impact in the forthcoming general elections, it has resorted to untoward means, behaving like a bull in a china shop, destroying anything and everything in its way.

But how can a party of PDP’s standing, which has been in power at some points for many years and its candidates behave like deranged women whose kids have suddenly gone missing?

In this moment of madness, there should be a sane member within the lot who could rein them in; a rallying figure who could calm the fraying nerves.

But when a ranking member of one of the country’s highest law making body, the House of Representatives, Suleiman Abubakar Gummi’s joined the fray, it then becomes obvious that the situation is irredeemable.

The party, as it were, is doomed and at a dire point of no return.

The honourable member of the House of Representatives has swelled the number of the PDP’s attack dogs whose targets include the ruling party and the state chief executive, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

In a press statement he recently signed on behalf of “PDP candidates” titled “On critical national alert” Gummi went the “dishonourable” path by throwing decorum to the wind and lunched viral attacks on person and personality of Governor Matawalle with no iota of respect for his seat as the father of the state.

In doing so he deployed uncouth, crude and abusive language symptomatic of those low level maniacs unleashed at every opportunity as dogs of war.

But why will anyone be surprised at the action of this charlatan who forgot that his behavior could rob off on the integrity of the lower chamber he represents and taint the reputation of his colleagues in that reputable and respected institution? He is PDP member in the state after all and their stock in trade is to cause breach of peace in the state.

In the said press statement, Gummi went a rigmarole quoting the respected late social crusader, Martins Luther King and dancing around in circle.

From all his outing and vituperations, the only take away was the supposed arrest on Monday, November 28, of the party’s candidate for Zamfara central senatorial district, Alhaji Ikira Aliyu Bilbis by the police on charges of vandalism, which he claimed were trumped up.

In trying to elicit public sympathy to himself and co-travelers, he lumped the current issue with the earlier arrest of the Nigeria Union of Journalists chairman in the state but as usual, his effort failed to invoke the emotion and public outcry he had envisaged.

But let us even give him the benefit of the doubt and interrogate the issues his outing threw up. He has informed the public why Bilbis was arrested, but said the charges were “trumped up”. Really?

How did Gummi who is a lawmaker come about such a position over an issue that is before a court of law? Why is he in a hurry to clear the accused even before the court adjudicate on the matter.

The police even from Gummi’s statement did the needful by arresting Bilbis. They (police) did not hold him or keep him for long in their cell but charged him to court after their investigation.

The onus is therefore on the accused to exonerate and clear himself of the allegations.

The court even went ahead to grant him bail as Gummi testified in his statement. So why is it anybody’s fault if the accused failed to meet the bail condition? And because his associate failed to meet the stipulated condition to effect his release, Gummi is now accusing the judge and police of being tools in the hands of Matawalle in his alleged witch hunt of the opposition.

If a sitting governor is desirous in tackling an opponent who is clearly linked with a crime it would have been easy to clamp such person in police custody and claim that investigation is still ongoing as has been the case everywhere.

However, in this case, the police did not waste anytime in charging the accused to court where he is expected to defend himself. The court and its presiding judge should be commended for the expressway it granted the accused bail instead of being needlessly vilified like Gummi is doing.

His allegation that Matawalle was trying to muzzle the main opposition to whittle down their power and influence in the forthcoming elections is laughable because the PDP is not in reckoning and not a threat to APC in anyway.

He even went ahead to list those he thinks Matawalle will go after including the party’s governorship candidate, Lawal Dauda Dare. Waoo! Is this not absurd? Is Lawal Dare even in contention for the governorship race with all the court cases dangling over his head?

The so called governorship is still traumatized over his defeat at the federal high court, which nullified the primary that produced him and recently, the Appeal court.

It is fundamental to note that his ordeals were from his own very party and has nothing to do with Governor Matawalle. So it’s absurd to blame others for PDP’s misfortune and allege that anyone would hunt it’s candidates whose political future are uncertain.

And resorting to violence as a means to an end like the party and its members have been doing could only heighten the already tensed atmosphere which Matawalle has been working round-the -clock to manage.

The billboard saga wasn’t the only violent imprints the party has left on its route to 2023, a rally at its governorship candidate’s home had led to lost of Iives even as many were wounded. It’s sad that Gumi left out such important development from his statement.

As per the NUJ chairman which Gummi tried unsuccessfully to lump Bilbis case with to draw inspiration, he should have done the needful by telling the public the background of the affected person and the circumstances leading to such state of affairs to enable them appreciate and interrogate the issue based on its merit.

It’s imperative that Gummi calls a press conference or issue another statement to shedlight on the matter.

Having come from an honourable family, one would have thought Gumi will keep the legacy of the parental training we thought he received, unfortunately, even if he had such grooming as he was growing up, elements of bad politics and the fear of losing in the upcoming 2023 general elections have infuriated to throw away his sensibilities and turn disrespectful, dishonourable and regardless.

Certainly, with the overwhelming wind of mass support and mass mobilization going on in the APC, the likes of Gumi will not even be noticed when the electorate cast their votes to bring in APC at all levels in the coming elections.

As it were, rep Gummi achieved nothing by his recent desperate tactics. The PDP is doomed and irredeemable, and by 2023 the party will go into permanent extinction in Zamfara State.

Yusuf Idris Gusau
APC Publicity Secretary
Zamfara State
4th November, 2022

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FMR. ZAMFARA GOV. YARI CONDOLES SEN. WAMMAKO

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Former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has paid a condolence visit to Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda WAMMAKO over the demise of his wife.

Yari who described the deceased as God-fearing and devoted Muslim who has offered much serving humanity.

He urged the husband and indeed the family to take solace and consider the exit of the deceased as a call to eternity.

He prayed for God almighty to grant her Jannatul Firdausi and blessed what she has left behind.

Sen. Aliyu Wammako thanked the former Governor and his entourage for the condolence visit and prayed for God almighty to bless them accordingly.T

he former Governor has among his entourage Amb. Abdulrahaman Buba Kwacham among many other prominent personalities.

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