Defection Wahala: Court Strikes Out PDP’s Suit Seeking to Remove Amaechi, Kwankwaso, Others

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday struck out the suit filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), seeking to remove four governors who defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Gabriel Kolawole, in a ruling that lasted about two hours, held that the suit’s originating processes were invalid on the grounds that they were wrongly issued and served on the defendants.

The PDP had last December, sued the governors, including former Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), asking the court to declare the defecting governors’ seats vacant, and for INEC to conduct elections for their replacement. Nyako’s name was removed from the suit shortly after his impeachment. The remaining four are Rotimi  Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara).

The party had, upon an order of court, served the originating processes on wrong address, which it claimed was the headquarters of the APC.

The court upheld the arguments of the governors and consequently set aside the service of the suits on them.

Credit: This Day Live

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