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PDP to challenge impeachment of Zamfara deputy governor in court

By NAN
26 February 2022   |   12:42 pm
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is working on plans to challenge the impeachment of Zamfara deputy governor, Alhaji Mahdi Aliyu by the state House of Assembly from office.

Zamfara Governor, Bello Matawalle. Photo; TWITTER/ZAMFARASTATE

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is working on plans to challenge the impeachment of Zamfara deputy governor, Alhaji Mahdi Aliyu by the state House of Assembly from office.

The party stated this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba in Abuja.

Ologunagba said that the impeachment by the House was illegal and as such a nullity.

“The PDP is reviewing the actions in Zamfara in this violent assault on the Rule of Law and will take appropriate actions necessary.

“In any case, the PDP and the people of Zamfara will not allow the impunity being foisted on the state to stand, and appropriate legal action is being taken in that regard.

“Fortunately, our party has implicit confidence in the judiciary, which has in the past demonstrated its capacity and ability to defend the Constitution and the Rule of Law,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the House had on Feb. 22, impeached Aliyu from office.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Majority Leader, Faruku Dosara (APC -Maradun 1) at the plenary in Gusau.

The motion came shortly after the House adopted the report of Justice Haladu Tanko panel which investigated alleged cross misconduct and abuse of office against the deputy governor.

Speaker Nasiru Muazu, who presided over the sitting, directed the Mr Clerk Saidu Anka, to conduct a voice vote on the impeachment, and 22 out of the 22 lawmakers present, voted in favour and the deputy governor was pronounced impeached.

Gov. Bello Matawalle and Aliyu assumed office under the platform of PDP, but the governor defected to All Progressives Congress ( APC) on June 28, 2021. Their relationship became sour after Aliyu decided to remain in PDP.

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