10 parties kick against petition challenging Zamfara governor’s election

Zamfara Governor, Bello Matawalle
Zamfara Governor, Bello Matawalle [Photo: Punch Newspapers]

Ten political parties in Zamfara State have disassociated themselves from a court action challenging the election of Governor Bello Matawalle.

The suit is said to have been instituted on their behalf by the All Peoples Party (APP).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the governorship candidate of APP in the election, Zayyanu Haske, has filed a case at the Zamfara Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Mr Haske is asking for the nullification of the election that returned Mr Matawalle as governor.

The APP candidate, who claimed to be supported by other political parties in the state, also asked the tribunal to order for a fresh governorship election in the state.

Reacting to the matter, leaders of 10 political parties, led by the Chairman of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Musa Mai-mai, said they were not party to the case and were not consulted before it was instituted.

“We were not consulted; we believe that the Supreme Court judgement, which gave the mandate to Matawalle, after annulling the participation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate was in order,” he said.

Briefing journalists at the AD office in Gusau, Mr Mai-mai said those challenging Mr Matawalle’s seat were “carrying out a blind opposition which is not right.

“We are dissociating ourselves from those people and their moves; we want the whole world to know that they are on their own.

“Many leaders and elders from the state have extended their hands of fellowship to the new administration, including the immediate past governor, Yari. So, we believe that everyone should rally round this government to help it succeed,” he said.

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The AD official urged people of the state to disregard those challenging the new administration and pray for the government to succeed, especially in its fight against bandits.

Other political parties that signed the document dissociating their groups from challenging Mr Matawalle included PRP, SDP, ID, HD, ASD, MMN, NAC, KOWA and FRESH.

(NAN)

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