Justice Obiora Egwatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja has withdrawn the suit seeking to halt impeachment of Zamfara State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mahadi Aliyu Mohammed Gusau.
Justice Obiora decided to step aside following information that a similar suit on the same subject matter was already pending before another judge of the court in Abuja division.
Justice Egwatu told lawyers in the case, led by James Ogu Onoja, that he would not proceed with the hearing as earlier agreed.
According to him, his decision is based on the need to avoid a situation where court could be made to give conflicting judgments on the same matter.
He therefore ordered that the case be transferred to Justice Inyang Eden Ekwo, who has been adjudicating over a similar matter.
He also ruled that that all processes filed in respect of the case before him be transferred immediately to Justice Ekwo’s court to ensure speedy hearing of the suit.
Recall They the judge had on July 19 stopped the Zamfara State House of Assembly members from taking any further step in the impeachment process targeted at the deputy governo
The state legislative house had planned to impeach the Deputy Governor over his refusal to decamp from the People Democratic Party PDP to the All Progressive Congress along with Governor Bello Mataealle.
Justice Egwatu ordered this in his ruling in an ex-parte application filed by PDP.