Dauda Lawal has emerged winner of the Zamfara Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary for 2023 general elections.
Adamu Maina, the returning officer for the primaries declared the result in Gusau, saying that Lawal polled 431 votes to win the ticket.
Mr Maina said Ibrahim Shehu scored five votes to emerge second, while Wadatau Madawaki placed third with three votes.
Three aspirants, Abubakar Nakwada, Wadatau Madawaki and Ibrahim Shehu had earlier withdrawn from the race, citing alleged irregularities.
However, Mr Maina declined to accept their withdrawal, insisting it was done without formal notice. According to him, Mr Lawal had satisfied all the requirements of the Electoral Act 2022, as amended, as well as the party constitution.
“I, Adamu Maina, declare Alhaji Dauda Lawal, as the winner of the PDP primaries and flag bearer of the party in the 2023 governorship poll for Zamfara,” stated Mr Maina.
He described the process as peaceful and supervised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s resident electoral commissioner Saidu Babura and other officials.