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    Defection: PDP Wants Court To Sack Gov Matawalle Of Zamfara, Deputy

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    Jul 12, 2021

    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to order the sack of Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle and his deputy, Mahadi Aliyu Gusau.

    According to the PDP, the recent defection of the Governor from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC) should have made them lose their seat.

    The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/489/2021 was filed in the names of two PDP members from Zamfara State – Sani Kaura Ahmed and Abubakar Muhammed.

    The party is of the view that it would be unlawful for Matawalle and Gusau to retain their offices based on the earlier Supreme Court judgment that the APC had no candidates in the 2019 governorship election in Zamfara State.

    Naija News recalls the apex court had ruled that APC did not conduct valid primaries hence the party’s electoral victory was overturned.

    Now that Governor Matawalle has defected to the APC, the PDP wants him and his deputy sacked from office to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh election, within three months, for the PDP to replace them.

    After listening to the request of the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN) in an ex-parte motion, Justice Inyang Ekwo granted an order of substituted service of the originating processes on the Governor and Deputy Governor.

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    Meanwhile, the apex Igbo socio-cultural and political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has lashed out at Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello over his recent comment in which he rejected rotational presidency.

    Naija News recalls Governor Bello had rejected the zoning of the 2023 presidency to the south as advocated by governors from the southern region.

    According to him, rotational presidency is not recognized by the 1999 constitution and Nigerians must be allowed to choose their leader.

    However, Ohanaeze in a response on Monday via a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia told the Governor that he was still studying accountancy at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria when an agreement was reached between the North and the South with respect to rotational presidency.

    The group urged the Kogi governor not to abuse the fact that fate smiled on him and he got political power in 2015 at such a young age.

    This article was originally published on Nigeria News

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