Sack Matawale For Cross Carpeting, PDP Tells Court
The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja asking the court to sack Zamfara State Governor, Muhammad Matawalle and his Deputy, Bello Mahadi Aliyu Gusau over their defection from PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The reliefs were sought in a suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/489/2021 filed in the names of Sani Kaura Ahmed and Abubakar Muhammed, both members of PDP in Zamfara State.
The plaintiffs contend that in view of an earlier judgment of the Supreme Court to the effect that the APC had no candidates in the 2019 governorship election in Zamfara State, haven not conducted valid primaries, it would be unlawful for Matawalle and Gusau to retain their offices while defecting from the PDP to the APC, and thereby transfer PDP’s victory to the APC.
The plaintiffs want the court to among other reliefs declare that Matawalle and Gusua must resign from their offices before their defection to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh election, within three months, for the PDP to replace them.
After listening to plaintiffs’ lawyer Kanu Agabi (SAN) moved his ex-parte motion, Justice Inyang Ekwo granted an order of substituted service of the originating processes on the Governor and Deputy Governor.