Zamfara governorship primary rerun: Why I went back to court – Shehu

Zamfara governorship primary rerun: Why I went back to court – Shehu

One of the Zamfara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirants, Hon. Ibrahim Shehu, has dragged the party to the Federal High Court for the second time in one week over short notice served to him for the rerun governorship primary election.

Shehu told DAILY POST that he scored only one vote in what he described as kangaroo governorship primary election because he warned his supporters to distance themselves from the exercise.

According to him, he had dragged the party hours before the election to the same Federal High Court sitting in Gusau, the state capital, saying that constitutionally, the party’s leadership was supposed to have given them at least 21 days to prepare for the governorship primary election.

“We cannot go to the election unprepared because the date for the election was so short that there was no time to arrange with my supporters”, he said.

He maintained that the same irregularities of the previous election that forced them to approach the court is still repeating itself, stressing that the party belongs to everybody and not only one person.

According to him, he is again demanding the nullification of the recent governorship primary election of the party because it was not fair, free, credible and acceptable and can not be accepted by him.

“If the party’s leadership actually needs a free, fair, credible and acceptable primary election, it should notify the contestants at a good time and not at the eleventh hour.

“How can one candidate who has not even spent two years in the party be controlling the leadership of the party like robots?

“Dauda Lawal Dare got 422 votes out of the 430 votes casted even though 4 of the votes were declared invalid.”

Shehu further explained that if Dauda Lawal Dare wins the election clearly, he (Shehu) will congratulate him and give him total support to capture the State Government House in 2023.

He vowed that he would not abandon the party just because of only one person who recently defected to the party when he was frustrated by the APC leaders in the state.

Shehu, however, appealed to his supporters to remain calm as the party has been dragged to court for the second time over the same issue, lamenting that he would continue to drag the party to court as long as visible injustice continues in the party.