The Peoples Democratic Party, on Friday, sought a court order, joining the three Zamfara senators and 27 other lawmakers who defected from the party to All Progressives Congress in a suit against Governor Bello Matawalle.

The PDP, through its counsel, O.J. Onoja, SAN, told Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja in a motion for joinder marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/650/2021 dated and filed Sept. 30.

The PDP specifically is asking the court to sack Matawalle, the three senators, six House of Representatives members, and all the lawmakers in the state’s house of assembly that dumped the party for APC.

PDP had earlier sued the Independent National Electoral Commission, APC, the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Governor of Zamfara, and Chief Judge of Zamfara as first to seventh defendants respectively.

NAN reports that Matawalle alongside the three senators, six House of Representatives members and all the 24 members of the Zamfara House of Assembly had, on June 29, defected to the ruling party. While the governor defected to APC, the Deputy Governor, Mahdi Gusau, did not.

Against this development, the PDP had sought the court order, joining Matawalle as the 8th defendant since only his office was sued in the earlier application.

It said the move was to ensure that “the ends of justice are not defeated by mere technical objections as to joinder of parties.”

When the matter was called, Onoja notified the court about three motions he had which he described as “harmless.”

“Number one is a motion on notice for extension of time filed and served on Sept. 28. “The second one is a motion for extension of time filed on Oct. 12 and served,” he said.

After the two motions were not opposed by lawyers to defendants, Onoja adopted them and they were granted as prayed by Justice Ekwo.

However, when Onoja was about to move the motion for joinder dated and filed Sept. 30, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, who was counsel to the 5th, 6th and 7th defendants (Speaker of House of Reps., the governor and chief judge of Zamfara) interjected.

Ozekhome argued that the application filed since September 30, was only served on them three days ago.

He said what the PDP planned to do was to ambush them and recreate a new case because the people it sought to be joined were not even members. He said more time would be needed to study the motion.

The judge adjourned the matter until November 2 for hearing of the motion, seeking the court order to join some parties in the suit.

Matawalle emerged as the governor of the state, following a judgment of the Supreme Court on March 24, 2019, which nullified the APC primaries in the state.

The apex court ruling affected Mukhtar Idris, the governorship candidate of the APC, who was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the election and all other candidates of the APC in the general elections.

Source: Agency Report, Punchng

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