The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja gave an order restraining the Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly from taking any further action to impeach the state Deputy Governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau.
The State Deputy Governor, Mahdi, who is the son to the former National Security Adviser, General Aliyu Muhammed Gusau, is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while the governor, Bello Matawalle is of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Justice Obiora Egwuatu stopped the State House of Assembly from continuing with the impeachment of the State Deputy Governor, Gusau following an ex-parte motion with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/650/2021 brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), through the party lawyer, Ogwu Onoja (SAN).
Justice Egwuatu ordered the defendants to maintain the status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice, also stopped the house from impeaching its other members who are still in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Justice Egwuatu, adjourned the case till July 23 for hearing of the motion on notice and also directed the plaintiff to serve all the defendants in the suit before Friday.
In arguing his case, Counsel to the plaintiff, Egwuatu said the House of Assembly along with other persons are trying to sack the deputy governor because of his refusal to join Governor Matawalle in crossing from the PDP to the APC.
In the ruling, the presiding judge said the case was of extreme urgency requiring the intervention of the court, and ordered all parties to maintain the status quo pending the determination of a motion filed by the plaintiff.
In the main suit, the PDP had requested the court to sack the state governor, Matawalle over his defection to the APC.
Arguing it’s case, the PDP said the governor has lost his mandate for defecting to the APC because he was voted into office as governor under the canopy of the PDP, an action the party said amounting to transferring the mandate of the PDP to the APC.
The PDP argued further that in an earlier ruling delivered by the Supreme Court, the APC in the state did not present any candidate for the 2019 governorship election because it could not conduct valid primaries, pointing out that it would be unlawful for Matawalle to claim to be governor because doing so announced to building something on nothing.