The Court of Appeal sitting in Sokoto State has reinstated the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Dauda Lawal, as the candidate representing the party in the 2023 governorship election in Zamfara State.
The court, in a ruling on Friday morning, set aside the ruling of the Federal High Court sitting in Gusau, the state capital, which had earlier disqualified Lawal in November 2022.
The three-man panel of the Appeal Court concurred with the lead judgement of Justice Muhammad Shu’aibu, who ordered the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to accept Lawal as the elected governorship candidate of the PDP in Zamfara State for the 2023 general election.
The panel held that it was inconceivable for the Federal High Court Judge’s refusal to accept the INEC report of the primaries claiming that it was not certified despite being a public document and published on the INEC website.
It added that the appellant was not properly joined by the plaintiffs. Also, a court cannot grant a relief not sought by the plaintiff.
“The court is not Father Christmas,” the panel noted.
Recall that the Federal High Court had ruled that the PDP had no candidate for the said position in the forthcoming election in the state.
Reacting to the judgement, Lawal’s media office described the Appeal Court’s ruling in Sokoto as a victory for democracy, the good people of Zamfara State.
It said the Appeal Court judgment was a victory not only to the PDP, but to the entire people of Zamfara yearning for good governance.
“The people are celebrating my appeal court judgement because of their conviction that under my leadership, Zamfara State will be a reference point for new ideas, determination, dynamism, and endless possibilities.”