The suit between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, and his deputy Mahadi Gusau over alleged unlawful defection from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC, has commenced before the federal high court in Abuja.
In the suit filed by Sani Ahmed and Abubakar Muhammed, the plaintiffs are contending that, in view of an earlier judgment of the Supreme Court, to the effect that the APC had no candidates in the 2019 governorship election in Zamfara State, has not conducted valid primaries, it would be unlawful for Matawalle and Gusau to retain their offices while defecting from the PDP to the APC.
They want the court to, among others, declare that Matawalle and Gusua must resign from their offices before their defection, and allow the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct a fresh election within three months.
However, Justice Inyang Ekwo granted an order of substituted service of the originating processes on the Governor and Deputy Governor through the National Secretariat of the APC in Abuja.
Justice Ekwo fixed July 16 for a report of court papers on the two defendants.