Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Court halts planned impeachment of Zamfara Deputy Governor

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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A Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained Zamfara Speaker and two others from proceedings with its planned impeachment of Deputy Governor, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau.

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Justice Obiora Egwuatu, who gave the restraining order on Monday after listening to the plaintiff’s lawyer, Ogwu James Onoja (SAN), also restrained are‎ the Governor and the Chief Judge.

Mr Onoja told the court that the House of Assembly and others were planning to impeach the Deputy Governor, who has refused to decamp to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

He added it was of utmost urgency that the court intervenes by granting an interim restraining injection against the fifth to seventh defendants – the Speaker, Governor and Chief Judge).

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The  argued that if the impeachment is carried out without as being planned, no sufficient monetary compensation could assuage the impact, because it relates to a constitutionally recognised position with a stipulated tenure.

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In a ruling, Justice Egwuatu said he was convinced it was a matter of extreme urgency, requiring the court’s intervention to preserve the res (subject of dispute).

The judge, therefore, ordered parties to maintain status quo ante bellum pending the hearing of a motion filed by the plaintiff.

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