It is no longer news that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is demanding the sack of Zamfara state Governor Bello Matawalle following his recent defection from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC). It should be recalled that Governor Bello won the March 2019 Zamafara state governorship election under the platform of the PDP but recently dumped the party, prompting a legal action against him by his former party.
As reported by Daily Trust, Justice Inyang Ekwo has fixed 16th of July 2021 for the hearing of the suit filed by Kanu Agabi (SAN) on behalf of the PDP. As obtained, two members of the party from Zamafara, identified as Sani Kaura Ahmed and Abubakar Mohammed, had in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/489/2021, asked the court to sack Governor Bello Matawalle over his recent defection to the APC.
Following this development, we may begin to wonder if the Governor could be set to lose his seat. Arguably, the Plaintiffs in this suit are banking on Section 68 (1g), of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria as Amended which made it clear that anyone who defects from the party which sponsored his election, to another party shall vacate his seat except in a situation whereby there is an internal wrangling at the party.
Arguably, It cannot be said that there is an irreconcilable crisis within the PDP which forced the Governor to defect to the APC. At the same time, it is also important to note that defection is no longer a new thing in Nigerian politics. Recently we read about the defection of the Ebonyi state Governor Engineer Dave Umahi from the PDP to the APC without anyone challenging him in court.
The Cross River state Governor Professor Ben Ayade equally defected from the PDP to the APC not long ago, with no one challenging him in court, despite the provisions of the constitution on the allowed grounds for defection. However, Governor Bello Matawalle's case has been brought before the court demanding that he should be sacked following his defection. With this, we may once again ask if he is set to lose his seat to his deputy.
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