From Ibrahim Kaulahi, Gusau
A candidate under the Zamfara State All Progressives Congress (APC) who has recently been declared winner by the court of tribunal for Bungudu West state house of assembly, Honourable Nasiru Bello Lawal Bungudu has described his victory as democratic development.
Hon. Bungudu made the disclosure today (Wednesday) while speaking to newsmen in Gusau Zamfara State capital, noting that the tribunal judgement that declared him winner of the Bungudu West constituency in the 2023 state house of assembly election as absolute justice to common mans’ choice.
The lawmaker represented the same constituency in the state house of assembly between 2019 and 2023 and served as Deputy Leader of the house.
“You know, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier in March declared my opponent from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Basiru Bello as a winner of Bungudu West”, hon. Bungudu has recalled.
He assured his constituents a fruitful representation in the state house of assembly, assuring that he would focus on the demands of his people to ensure they shortlisted in the laws for the betterment of their lives, saying, “My constituents will never regret my service in the house of assembly”.
“But the three man panel at the tribunal sitting in Sokoto on Thursday, August 24th, nullified the PDP candidate election and declared me as a winner of the election” he added.
He was nullified over his refusal to either resign, withdraw, or retire from public service of Zamfara State.
This is in clear contravention with section 107(1)(f) of the Constitution of Nigeria as 1999 as ammended as well as 2022 Election Act.
“The judgment was not only a legal affirmation, but an endorsement of the people’s choice”, the Honourable said.
“They have indicated that the Nigeria’s Judiciary is a still hope of the common man. Yes, I have the confidence with the judgement, I am very hopeful that even in the appeal court, we are going to record more victory” Bungudu has commended.