PDP Tackles Keyamo, Insists on Matawalle’s Sack

- Chuks Okocha

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said that it stood by its position that the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, should be accorded the statutory office of the state governor given the decision of Governor Bello Matawalle to vacate his office by decamping to the All Progressiv­es Congress (APC).

The party insisted that it would not be deterred by series of threats and attacks coming from the APC, including what it described as the unintellig­ent, hogwash and unsolicite­d legal opinion expressed by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivi­ty, Mr. Festus Keyamo, which lacked sound legal reasoning and queried his credential­s as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

The PDP in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiy­an said that Keyamo faulted the PDP’s reliance on the Supreme Court’s direct interpreta­tion of Section 221 of the 1999 Constituti­on (as amended) in its judgment on Faleke v. INEC, and ended up exposing a poor knowledge of the applicatio­n of the law, by stating that the judgment cannot apply in a case of defection of a governor from the party on which platform he was elected to another, particular­ly, a party that did not even participat­e in the election.

“We refer Keyamo to the definite pronouncem­ent of the Supreme Court in that case, to the effect that it is the political party that stands for election, that votes scored in election belong to the political party and that the candidate nominated to contest at an election by his party acts only as the ‘agent’ of his party.

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