16 July 2021 By Victoria Abah
The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in a dramatic turn of events, has withdrawn a suit filed against Zamfara State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, seeking to unseat him and his principal, Governor Bello Matawalle.
In the suit filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the party had earlier slated Gusau for removal from office as the deputy governor, over alleged unlawful defection.
However, at the proceedings today, the PDP lead counsel, Kanu Agabi, applied for withdrawal of the deputy governor’s name, on the ground that there was no evidence of his defection.
In a motion to that effect, Justice Inyang Ekwo granted the request and also ordered that PDP be made the first plaintiff, while directing the party to amend and file all its processes within seven days.
Counsel to Governor Matawalle, Chief Mike Ozekhome while speaking to newsmen, confirmed that they were not opposing the motion.
Meanwhile, joint Counsel to the PDP, Aliyu Lemu explained that in view of an earlier judgment of the Supreme Court, stating that the APC had no candidates in the 2019 governorship election in Zamfara State, having not conducted valid primaries, it would be unlawful for Matawalle to retain his office.
He noted that by defecting from the PDP to the APC, Matawalle was thereby transferring PDP’s victory to the APC.
The governor had two weeks ago defected from PDP to APC which prompted the move by PDP to claim its mandate from him through the court action.
The court subsequently fixed September 29.2021 for mention into the suit.