The Governor of Zamfara State, Dauda Lawal, has said that the judgement of the Appeal Court which declared the March 18 governorship election as inconclusive is a temporary setback.
Lawal also noted that he is going to reclaim his mandate handed over to him by the people of the state.
The governor said this in a statement released on Friday by his spokesperson, Sulaiman Idris.
According to the statement, Lawal’s legal team are reviewing the judgment before taking the next necessary action.
The statement partly reads, “The outcome of the governorship election on March 18 accurately represented the people’s yearning for a shift towards positive development and progress.The ruling by the Appeal Court on Thursday is a temporary setback.”
News About Nigeria reports that the appeal court in its judgement held that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bello Matawalle, proved that Lawal was not duly elected as Governor of the state.
The appellate court, therefore, ordered a rerun in three local government areas of the state which includes, Maradun, Birnin-Magaji, and Bukkuyum.
The Governor further noted that the court’s verdict will not deter him from retaining the mandate given to him by the people.
According to him, he is optimistic that the collective decision of the people who voted for him in the election will ultimately prevail.
The governor called on the people of the state to remain calm, assuring them that he will fight to the end to retain the mandate they gave to him.
“We faced numerous challenges on the road to victory in the last election. But let me assure our people that we are fully committed to going to great lengths to retain this widely acclaimed mandate.”