The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara has held small ward and local government congresses that included women among the delegates anticipated to vote in the Sept. 23 new governorship primary election.
This is in accordance with a Federal High Court judgment that invalidated the party’s prior exercise.
This was revealed to reporters in Gusau on Thursday by the Party’s new state chairman, Dr. Ahmad Sani.
According to Sani, the mini-congresses were organized in all 147 wards and 14 LGs to elect female delegates in order to comply with the Federal High Court’s verdict, which required a gender balance requirement.
On September 16, the Federal High Court granted the plaintiffs’ requests in a case that was filed there opposing the nomination of Dr. Dauda Lawal-Dare as the party’s candidate for governor.
In addition to mandating the inclusion of at least one woman among the delegates from the wards and LGs, the court annulled the election and ordered new primaries.
However, the party chairman claimed that because congresses were taking place concurrently in every ward, the proceedings were orderly.
He asserts that the candidates for governor’s office, who are Alhaji Dauda Lawan-Dare, Ibrahim Shehu, Hafiz Nahuche, and Wadatau Madawaki, have not changed.
Earlier, Nura Abdullahi, the party chairman for the Bungudu Local Government, told reporters that one of each of the three ward delegates had already resigned to make room for a female delegate to run.
Prior to the Governorship primary election scheduled for Friday, he stated that the procedure would be finished and the results would be sent to the state party secretariat.
Recall that on May 26, 2022, Alhaji Dauda Lawal-Dare won the party’s nomination for governor of Zamfara in the 2023 general election.
The results of the primary elections were announced by Mr. Adamu Maina-Waziri in Gusau, where Lawal-Dare received 431 votes to clinch the ticket.
Dr. Ibrahim Shehu received five votes, according to Maina-Waziri, and Alhaji Wadatau Madawaki received three votes for third place.
However, on September 16, a Federal High Court granted the petitions of the resentful candidates and annulled the primary election, citing irregularities in the procedure.
In his decision, Justice Bappah-Aliyu also criticized the absence of women among the delegates who took part in the exercise on May 26.
As a result, he mandated the start of a new process that would involve at least one woman from each ward.