A Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained the Zamfara State House of Assembly lawmakers from impeaching the deputy governor of the state Mahdi Gusau pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed by the Peoples Democratic Party against the planned action.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu gave the order on while delivering his ruling in an ex-parte motion brought by PDP through its lawyer, Ogwu Onoja.
The judge ordered the defendants to maintain status quo while directing the plaintiff to serve all the defendants in the suit before Friday and adjourned the matter till July 23 for hearing of the motion on notice.
The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
His Deputy Mahdi Gusau, however, did not defect.
The PDP, through its lawyer, urged the court to grant its prayer in the interest of justice.
The party said the court has the inherent power to grant the order.
The lawmakers in Zamfara state had earlier, threatened to impeach Gusau over activities they considered to be threat to the security of the state.
Defendants in the suit are, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Governor Bello Matawalle and the Chief Judge of the as the first to seventh defendants respectively.