A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has restrained the Zamfara State House of Assembly from proceeding with its alleged plan to impeach of Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, deputy governor of the state.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu, gave the order on Monday following an ex parte application brought by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through its lawyer, Ogwu Onoja.
Onoja told the court that the House of Assembly and others were planning to impeach the deputy governor, who has refused to defect to the All Progressives Congress(APC).
He asked the court to intervene by granting an interim order restraining the fifth to seventh defendants – the Speaker of the Assembly, the state governor and chief judge of the state — from impeaching Gusau.
Ruling, Egwuatu said he was convinced it was a matter of extreme urgency, requiring the court’s intervention.
The judge then ordered parties to maintain the status quo pending the hearing of a motion filed by the plaintiff.
In the substantive case, the PDP is asking the court to sack the state governor, Bello Matawalle, over his defection to APC
The plaintiffs argued that Matawalle, having abandoned the party through which he came to power, has lost the ticket to remain in office.
In the suit, the plaintiffs contended 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, having not conducted valid primaries, it will be unlawful for Matawalle to retain his office as it amounts to transferring PDP’s victory to the APC.