• Zamfara NNPP executives, others defect to APC




David Arin – The Federal High Court sitting in Gusau, Zamfara State capital, on Tuesday, nullified the governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that produced Dauda Lawal-Dare, as the governorship candidate of the party in the state.


Justice Aminu Bappa also ruled that the PDP will not field any candidate for the 2023 governorship election in the state.


This is the second time that the court will nullify the PDP governorship primary in Zamfara.


In September, the court nullified the previous primary that elected Lawal-Dare, following a suit filed by Ibrahim Shehu and two other aspirants, challenging the credibility of the primary.


The court ordered a re-run, but Lawal-Dare emerged winner at the re-run also in September.


Zamfara NNPP executives, others defect to APC


Also, executives of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Zamfara State, have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).


In a statement issued in Gusau, by the state APC Publicity Secretary, Yusuf Idris, said the defectors including state executive members, local government chairmen, state assembly candidates and local governments women leaders of the party, were received by Gov Bello Matawalle at the Government House, Gusau.


Idris said the defectors included state NNPP Chairman, Alhaji Sani-Anka, state Organising Secretary, Babangida Damba; state Treasurer, Hamza Yahaya; state Welfare Secretary, Ibrahim Muhammad; Assistant Organising Secretary, Nura Garba and state Women Leader of the party, Zuwaira Muhammad.


Other defectors include Assistant state Publicity Secretary, Anas Dalibi; Deputy Women Leader, Jamila Adamu-Bakura; state Zonal Vice-chairman, Bashir Dokau; state Ex-officio 1, Alhaji Abubakar Madina and Leader of Persons with Disability, Ibrahim Hayatu.


The defectors also included 10 local government chairmen of the party from Anka, Bungudu, Bukkuyum, Bakura, Maradun, Gusau, Kaura-Namoda, Shinkafi, Maru and Zurmi.


Speaking on behalf of the defectors, the former NNPP Organising Secretary in the state, Babangida Damba, said they decided to join the APC because their former party lacked internal democracy and focus.


Matawalle expressed happiness with the development and commended the defectors for their decision to join the APC.


“APC will continue to receive more defectors as part of its inclusiveness and love of peace to all citizens. All the defectors will be given equal treatment and opportunities like other members”, he added.