The Peoples Democratic Party in Zamfara State has boasted that the party would still secure a landslide victory in the coming rerun election in the state, as directed by the Court of Appeal.
Making this known while speaking with newsmen during a telephone conversation in Guasau, the state capital, the spokesperson to the PDP, Buhari Maijega, projected that Governor Dauda Lawal would emerge victorious in the rerun election.
According to Maijega who stressed that Lawal was leading by over 65,000 votes against former Governor Bello Mattawalle from the All Progressives Congress in the March 18 governorship election, stated that the total votes to be contested in the three affected local government areas where the rerun election would be conducted, were not even up to 100,000.
“It would be very impossible for the APC to secure all the votes in the forthcoming rerun election,” he asserted. He cited security challenges that might discourage many voters from turning out massively, especially in rural areas where polling units had been affected by banditry.”
He said, “Governor Lawal has a good chance of winning the election over former Governor Bello Mattawalle for many reasons. He had already scored 65,000 votes ahead of the immediate past Governor Mattawalle.”
Lawal also hinted that, depending on the decision, Lawal might challenge the judgment of the Appeal Court at the Supreme Court, suggesting that Mattawalle might be facing a difficult battle.
He however appealed to the PDP members and supporters to come out in large numbers to secure the position of Governor Dauda Lawal, as the rerun election would be conducted in a few polling units in Maradun, Bukkuyum, and Birnin Magaji local government areas.
The party scribe added “Even if the PDP did not actively campaign, I am very optimistic that Dr Dauda Lawal will still garner additional votes in those three local governments and retain his governorship position.
“I am appealing to our supporters to remain calm. We will, by the grace of God, sail through.”