Federal High Court, in Abuja, gave an order restoring Mahdi Gusau as the deputy governor of Zamfara following his impeachment by the state’s House of Assembly on Feb. 23, 2022, despite a subsisting court order.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgement, also set aside all the steps and actions taken by the House of Assembly, former Gov. Bello Matawalle and the state’s chief judge in the purported impeachment of Gusau during the pendency of the suit in court.
Justice Ekwo, who held that the act of the then assembly’s speaker, ex-governor, chief judge and indeed others was an aberration and cannot be allowed to stand, described it as “null The judge also held that contrary to the argument of counsel to 5th to 38th defendants, he did not see in any of the judicial authorities cited and relied upon by the lawyer that authorises any litigant to take extra-judicial action when a case was pending in court.
Recall that Matawalle, the three senators, members of the House of Representatives and the House of Assembly had all defected from the People’s Democratic Party PDP, to All Progressives Congress APC, on June 29, 2021.
Following their defection, the PDP and Gusau, the then deputy governor, who did not cross carpeted along with them, had in a suit marked and asked the court to declare their seats vacant having abandoned the party through which they got into the positions of power.