The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has petitioned a Federal High Court in Abuja to remove Bello Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara State, for allegedly illegally defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mahdi Gusau, the Deputy Governor, is also on the verge of being fired.
The request is part of the reliefs sought in a complaint filed in the names of two PDP members from Zamfara, Alhaji Sani Ahmed and Abubakar Mohammed, with the filing number FHC/ABJ/CS/489/2021.
Despite being named in the action, the deputy governor allegedly stated that he would not defy his authority.
When contacted, defence counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), said the application would be sorted out in court.
“When we get to the bridge, we will cross it,” he declared.
The plaintiffs argue that it would be illegal for Matawalle and Gusau to retain their positions while defecting from the PDP to the APC, thereby transferring the PDP’s victory to the APC, in light of an earlier Supreme Court ruling that the APC had no candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Zamfara due to a lack of valid primaries.
Justice Inyang Ekwo granted an order of substituted service of the originating processes on the governor and his deputy when the legal battle began yesterday through an ex-parte application presented by the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN).
The defendants will be served with all court papers through the APC’s National Secretariat in Abuja, according to the order.
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