Thursday July 29, 2021 4:01 AM

Defection: Court restrains Zamfara Assembly from impeaching dep gov

The defection saga in Zamfara State has taken a new dimension as a Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained Zamfara Speaker and two others from proceedings with its planned impeachment of Deputy Governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau.

According to the ruling, also restrained are‎ the Governor and the Chief Judge.

The verdict was given by Justice Obiora Egwuatu r on Monday after listening to Ogwu James Onoja (SAN), who moved a motion ex-parte to that effect, on behalf of the plaintiff in a suit filed in the name of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

Onoja told the court that the House of Assembly and others were planning to impeach the Deputy Governor, because of his refusal to decamp to the All Progressives Congress (APC)

Onoja added that  it was of utmost urgency that the court intervenes by granting an interim restraining injection against the fifth to seventh defendants – the Speaker, Governor and Chief Judge).

According to him,  if the impeachment is carried out without as being planned, no sufficient monetary compensation could assuage the impact, because it relates to a constitutionally recognised position with a stipulated tenure.

Justice Egwuatu said he was convinced it was a matter of extreme urgency, requiring the court’s intervention to preserve the res (subject of dispute).

After listening to the argument l, the judge then ordered parties to maintain status quo ante bellum pending the hearing of a motion filed by the plaintiff.

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