Court Dismisses PDP’s Suit Against Amaechi, Kwankwaso, Others

AmaechiA Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, has struck out the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, seeking an order sacking the four sitting governors who defected from the party to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The presiding judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, in a ruling on Friday, struck out the suit against the governors on the grounds that the originating processes filed by the PDP to initiate the suit were invalid.

‎The court upheld the arguments of the plaintiff that the originating processes were wrongly issued and served on the defendants.

Justice Kolawole also held that the absence of endorsement on the processes violated section 97 of the same law.

He held that irregularities in service of a process on a party could only be ignored if such party decided to wave his rights.

The PDP had in December 2011, sued the governors and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, asking the court to declare the defecting governors’ seats vacant.

The governors are Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano and Abdulfatai Ahmed of Kwara.

A former Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako was removed from the suit shortly after his impeachment.

While the Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, recently placed second in the APC presidential primary election, Governor Rotimi Amaechi has been named among the contenders who could be the running mate for the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.

 

PDP Crisis: G7 To Meet In Abuja Today

Seven aggrieved governors of the Peoples’ Democratic Party are expected to meet in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital today to brain storm over pertinent issues.

All the seven governors, who claim to be disenchanted with the running of the party at the national level, are expected to  attended the meeting scheduled to hold at the Sokoto State governor’s lodge.

Host governor, Aliyu Wamakko, Sule Lamido of Jigawa, Rivers State’s Rotimi Amaechi,  Aliyu Babangida of Niger State, Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatai Ahmed,  Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State and Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State are all expected at the meeting.

Sources close to the governors say that a major agenda of the meeting could be the refusal by INEC to grant the splinter group recognition following the ruling of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, which declined the request of the faction for recognition.