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Formal Deputy Speaker Sues All Zamfara Lawmakers Over Absconding To APC

Deputy Speaker
Deputy Speaker

A Second Republic Deputy Speaker of old Sokoto State House of Assembly, Alhaji Yakubu Ummaru Maru, has dragged all the Zamfara State legislators both in the National Assembly and the state House of Assembly to a Federal High Court in Abuja challenging their decampment to another political party from the one on which platform they were elected.

A statement signed by his counsel, Barrister Victor Oliseh, in Kaduna at the weekend said Alhaji Maru a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Zamfara State want the court to interpret sections 68(c1)(G) and 109(1)(G) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended accordingly as they relate to the conducts of the legislators who decamped from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress before the expiration of their period for which the houses they belong to were elected.

According to the statement, the politician has instituted thirty different suits in court challenging all the three senators, six House of Representatives members, and 21 state House of Assembly members from Zamfara State asking them to vacate their respective seats and allow for fresh elections.

He alleged that their reasons for their decampment from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC) does not qualify them to constitutionally keep their seats both at the National Assembly and the Zamfara State House of Assembly.

The statement further said that Alhaji Maru was also asking the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) the National Assembly and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to be joined in the suits.

Alhaji Maru also wants the court to declare the seats of the decamped legislators vacant in their various legislative houses and declare that the All Progressives Congress having been barred and precluded from the 2019 elections in Zamfara State for their alleged failure to conduct valid primaries cannot surreptitiously and illegally become the beneficiary of the mandate legally bestowed on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The statement added Alhaji Maru did not see any reason why the legislators should decamp from the party that put them in office when there was no merger or crisis in the party as clearly stated in the constitution, the release read.

 

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