Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed March 20, 2023 for a report on the Court of Appeal decision in a suit filed against Gov. Bello Matawalle over his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Source reports that Justice Ekwo, who fixed the date on Thursday, said the development became necessary since a similar suit was pending at Court of Appeal, Abuja.
When the PDP matter against Matawalle and others was called on Thursday, counsel for the plaintiffs, M. A. Ebute, SAN, informed that the Court of Appeal in Abuja was yet to decide the case.Justice Ekwo held that it would be better to await the superior court decision on the legality of the defection.
He subsequently adjourned the matter until March 20 for report.
NAN reports that while Matawalle, state and federal lawmakers from the state defected from the PDP to the APC, his deputy governor, Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Mohammed, did not.But the PDP, in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/650/2021 had prayed the court for an order removing Matawalle as governor over his defection to APC.
The party also asked the court to sack the senators, House of Representatives members and state House of Assembly’s members who decamped alongside the governor to APC.
Amidst the legal battle, the Zamfara House of Assembly impeached the erstwhile deputy governor, Mohammed.