INEC Chairman Announces PDP Members As Winner of Zamfara State Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bello Matawalle as the winner of the Zamfara state governorship election.
This is following the declaration made by the apex court that the All Progressives Congress did not hold a valid primary election and subsequently voided its votes.
Announcing the new result on Saturday, the Chairman of the Election Commission Mahmood Yakubu said the PDP won all elective position in Zamfara State unless one seat won by the candidate of the National Rescue Movement (NRM) Kabiru Hassan in Maru south state constituency.
The PDP candidate, Matawalle scored 189,452 to come second in the governorship election.
Mahmood said that the governor and deputy governor-elect and other incoming federal lawmakers will receive their certificate of return on Monday.
He added that members of the state house of assembly-elect will receive theirs on Friday.
“I wish to seize this opportunity to draw the attention of all stakeholders, but particularly the political parties, to the implications of the supreme court judgment on the Zamfara matter,” he said.
“It is clear that properly conducted party primaries are cardinal to the proper internal functioning of political parties, the electoral process and our democratic system at large.
“Therefore, political parties must take very seriously the conduct of primaries according to all extant rules, including the monitoring of the processes by INEC to avoid a repeat of the Zamfara experience.”
There are 36 elective positions in the state including three senatorial districts and seven house of representatives seats.