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The trial in respect of the suite filed by Engr. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, Hafiz Nahuche and Wadatau Madawaki challenging the election of Dauda Lawal at the PDP gubernatorial primary election continues today at the Federal High Court, Gusau.

At the today’s (Saturday’s) proceeding counsel to Dauda Lawal and PDP a Senior Advocate of Nigeria Patrick E. filed a motion requesting for an extension of time to enable them to respond to the processes filed by the plaintiffs.

Though the counsel to the plaintiffs, Barr. Ibrahim Ali objected to the application, the presiding judge adjourned the ruling to another date.

Again the issue of notice of preliminary objection by all the respondents was raised but Ibrahim Ali, counsel to the plaintiffs reminded the court of its oral ruling that all motions on preliminary objection shall be heard and entertained at the end of the trial.

While the judge intended to adjourn the matter for tomorrow (Sunday) the Senior learned Advocate of Nigeria urged the presiding judge to allow the plaintiff counsel to proceed with the examination of the witnesses he brought in court ahead of the ruling, a prayer which Ibrahim Ali did not object.

Witness number one Nasiru Ahmad Zabarma the agent of Dr. Ibrahim Shehu was later called to the witness box were he was cross-examined by lawyers of the respondents.

During cross-examination Nasiru Zabarama affirmed to the court that he was part of the meeting held between Dauda Lawal and delegates from the fourteen local governments and that while he witnessed what transpired he does not raise any objection to the meeting.

When confronted with the list that was used by the electoral committee in conducting the primaries and asked to confirm if it was the one, he replied in the affirmative.

But he denied knowing the names of the delegates, including those from his ward when he was intimated by the Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

He also confessed that the state party Chairman ordered someone to be ticking names of aspirants for the delegates during the conduct of the primaries, and at a point, they protested.

The matter was adjourned to tomorrow for continuation of cross-examination of the remaining two witnesses Kabiru Rabiu and one of the members of the electoral committee Mr. Jude who wrote a minority report against the primary election conducted on the 25th of May 2022.

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The PDP gubernatorial candidate in Zamfara Dr. Dauda Lawal has denied the comments made by some unscrupulous political agents on the social media that his meeting with the former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Sani Yarima in london has some political inclination.

Gamjin Gusau who spoke through his campaign team said, he has never met with Yarima in England to discuss politics rather he and Yarima met at a Friday mosque where the wedding of the son of the former Governor was conducted.

“Gamjin Gusau met with the former Governors of Zamfara and Gombe Ahmad Sani Yarima and Danjuma Goje after a Friday prayer in London and as Muslims they waited and exchanged pleasantries”.

“Apart from exchanging pleasantries, no discussion of whatever kind politics or otherwise took place between Gamjin Gusau and former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Sani Yarima”.

As regard to the rumor that Dauda is planning to defect to the APC the campaign team of Gamjin Gusau said “ this type of reasoning is the least of what the common sense can accept. Gamji is a gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Zamfara , and he has no business whatsoever with the APC since his motive is to ensure that the APC is defeated out of power come 2023 in Zamfara state”.

The campaign committee, alleged that “APC is sponsoring this campaign of calumny because the power brokers within the party have lost control of the affairs of Zamfara and they are scary of the growing popularity of the PDP”.

The campaign committee therefore urged the public to disregard such political insinuation because it is a figment of imagination of the people of doom”.

Gamjin Gusau urged the teeming PDP supporters to continue to work tirelessly in ensuring the success of the PDP, noting that because Zamfara PPD is waxing stronger, APC is busy spreading lies and rumors that are meant to cause confusion in the polity.

He thanked the well-wishers for their concern and assured them of his commitment to continue to spread the good manifestation of the PDP considering it’s growing political popularity in the state.

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The Secretary of Sabon Gari ward Alh Sani Ahmad Shatima has alleged that there was no executive committee meeting of the ward that took place which resulted to the suspension of the state secretary of the party.

According to the letter addressed to the state Chairman of the PDP dated 31/7/2022 copy which was issued to this medium, the Secretary asked the party to dis-regard such letter because it was a mere figment of imagination.

“Such forged letter that was viral on social media on 30/07/2022 should be disregarded in totality and appropriate measure should be taken to deal with such unscrupulous elements that were sponsored by opposition to tear our noble party apart”.

He also asked the Chairman to past track action aimed at arresting the situation and get the matter resolved amicably in the interest of the party.

He insisted that what the party PDP needed is to move in unity and ensure that it has succeeded in the battle ahead of the 2023.

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The former Director General in the administration of Governor Abdulaziz Yari in Zamfara state Junaidu Muhammad Anka had cautioned the former Deputy Governor Mukhtar Ahmad Anka not allow some desperate politicians to use him and ignite crises of division within the All Progressive Congress in Anka.

Junaidu Anka who spoke during a Thunder Blowers TV show Da Wache Kazo insisted that those trying to raise this unnecessary controversy over who lead the APC in Anka is uncalled-for since the tradition of political hierarchy is obvious.

“By convention Sen. Lawal Daniya is the high-ranking politician and by implication he is the party leader in Anka and there is no reason for anyone to doubt this submission “.

“Those trying to use Mukhtar Anka as tools to ignite political tension within APC in Anka are real enemies of the party because there is no reason why this issue shall be risen for now”.

“Even where Sen. Daniya decided to resign from this status by convention member state house of assembly Yusuf Muhammad Anka is supposed to shoo-in as the APC leader in Anka so I don’t understand why some people are trying to drag the former Deputy Governor into unnecessary political log-jam”.

“The former Deputy Governor is supposed to understand that, by his status he is more or less like a father, and he is supposed to pay more attention to state politics not politics of Anka local government because he is bigger than it and I pray he shall see reasons not to allow some clueless politicians to smear his political reputation for their selfish political gains”.

“If they insisted on this argument that Mukhtar Anka is the APC leader in Anka we will also raise alarm that our leader is Ibrahim Babangida Turnuku Anka because it was he who was leading us before the reconciliation“.


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