Not fewer than 14 local government chairmen in Zamfara State on Friday urged the Federal High Court, Abuja, to join them in a suit challenging the defection of Governor Bello Matawalle and others to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/650/2021 asked the court to order the removal of the governor and 38 members of the National and State House of Assemblies for joining the ruling party last year.
The chairmen had in an application dated April 6, 2020 and filed by their lawyer, Emeka Okpoko, told Justice Inyang Ekwo that whatever decision was given by the court would affect their interest and the entire councils.
The local council chiefs are – Ahmed Anka, Aminu Kofoji, Kabiru Ladan, Bashir Muawiya, Mohammed Sadiq, Abubakar Takwas, Sanusi Sarki, Nasiru Yakamata and Ummaru Maradun.
Others are – Salisu Dangulbi, Abdulrahman Shinkafi, Dahiey Garbadu, Aminu Tsafe and Auwal Moriki
They stressed that whatever verdict delivered by the court would affect their federal constituencies, senatorial districts and the mandate given to the governor and all the lawmakers in the state.
The council chiefs said they would be terribly short-changed and denied the services of the defendants at both state and national levels if the court grants the PDP request without hearing from them.
Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who is the counsel for the governor and lawmakers, disagreed with Ukala’s submission.
He said: “We have an affidavit dated and filed on April 28. We are agreeing with the motion for joinder my lord.”
Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter till June 14 for ruling.