Justice Obiora Egwatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the impeachment move by the Zamfara State House of Assembly on the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed Gusau for refusing to defect to the APC from PDP with his boss Bello Matawalle. There have been claims of Zamfara lawmakers plotting to remove Gusau after he refused to join top politicians in the state including Governor Bello Matawalle in defecting to the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Lawmakers in the state had been irked by a rally Gusau held with PDP members, days after Governor Matawalle and lawmakers in the state held a mass defection rally. They accused him of being insensitive by holding a rally after some killings in the state.
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Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja who ruled on the case on Monday, July 19, issued an order on Monday in Gusau’s favour in an ex-parte application filed by the PDP that the state lawmakers should not to remove Gusau.
Justice Obiora also restrained the Chief Judge of Zamfara State from constituting any panel for the purpose of investigating Gusau pending the determination of a motion on notice filed by the PDP. Other defendants in the matter are the INEC, APC, the Senate President, the Speaker of House of Rep, Speaker of Zamfara House of Assembly and Governor Bello Matawalle.
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