This move followed the defection of Governor Bello Matawalle, federal and state lawmakers in the state which took place few months ago. Initially, the PDP approached the court seeking the sack of Matawalle alone. However, the PDP has launched a fresh bid to sack not only Matawalle but also three Senators, six House of Representatives members and 24 members of the Zamfara State House of Assembly that defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
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This fresh move seems more serious than before. This is because the PDP included leaders of the two chambers of the National Assembly as defendants. The party also included the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, key federal and Zamfara state officers in the new case to underscore its serious. It appears that PDP went back to the drawing board and did its home work very well before launching this fresh bid to reclaim Zamfara from APC through the court. But, this article will talk about two main factors that may help PDP in its bid to win back the state through he court.
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First, the Zamfara's defection case is peculiar when compared to others. Yes, the defection case of Zamfara is peculiar. Normally, other Governors defected after they had won the election at the poll. But, in the case of Zamfara, Matawalle did not win the election at the poll. Rather, PDP fought through the court after APC allegedly won all the posts in the main election in 2019. PDP as a party spotted the irregularity that marred APC's primary which made it inconsistent with the law as provided in the electoral Act (2010 as amended). Then, the party used it against the APC. PDP fought through the court until the Supreme Court nullified all the victories of APC. The Apex Court also declared PDP (not Matawalle and others) the rightful winner of all the elections that held in Zamfara State.
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In this regard, Matawalle cannot claim to have won the governorship election at the poll before his defection. No, it was PDP that won the election in court as a party. How can he and others that benefitted from PDP's victory now lay claim to what belongs to the party as if they individually won the posts at the poll? This factor will help PDP in its fresh bid to take back the offices it won in the court.
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Second, the initial decision of the Supreme Court on the issue will help the PDP. The Supreme Court had ruled that the APC's primary did not comply with the law. So, APC cannot claim to have won the elections legally. That was why the Apex Court declared the PDP winner of all the posts in Zamfara which were contested in 2019. In view of this Supreme Court judgement, it would help the PDP to argue that it would be illegal to take back to APC what rightfully belongs to the PDP. The Supreme Court had made it clear that APC cannot have the posts because the party did not them. How then can Matawalle and others give back to APC what the Supreme Court gave to PDP through its initial judgement? This factor will also help PDP in this case.
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