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Zamfara Governor Faces Legal Battle Over Dismissals

by Victor Adetimilehin

Zamfara State’s political landscape is set for a legal showdown as Governor Dauda Lawal faces a court battle over the dismissal of nine members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from key state agencies. The affected APC stalwarts were appointed during the tenure of the immediate past Governor, Bello Matawalle, and were abruptly removed from their positions by Governor Lawal following his victory over the ruling APC government.


This move has ignited a legal battle that has now reached the National Industrial Court, Kano Division. The claimants, the nine dismissed APC loyalists, are challenging Governor Lawal’s actions, alleging that their removal was illegal and violated the statutory tenure specified by the relevant laws.


Justice Ebeye David Eseimo-Isele of the Industrial Court has set the stage for a legal clash by reserving the matter for further mention on January 17, 2024. The court has also permitted the claimants to amend their application, a motion that was not opposed by Governor Lawal’s counsel and the other two defendants.


The claimants, through their counsel Mohammad Shamsudeen, are seeking the immediate reinstatement of the dismissed APC stalwarts, along with the full payment of their salary arrears and allowances. Alternatively, they demand the full payment of their salaries, furniture allowances, and other entitlements if they are not reinstated to their former positions.


This legal battle underscores the deep-seated political tensions in Zamfara State, with the ruling APC government and the dismissed APC board members at odds over the abrupt terminations. It is a case that will undoubtedly draw significant attention as it unfolds in the courts.


Similar cases of political disputes and legal challenges have arisen in various states across Nigeria, with political appointments often at the center of the disputes. These conflicts highlight the need for a clear and transparent process for the appointment and removal of public officials, ensuring that legal provisions are strictly adhered to.


As the legal battle progresses, the outcome remains uncertain, and it will be a closely watched case in Zamfara State. The claimants, who were abruptly removed from their positions, are seeking justice and the reinstatement of their roles, while Governor Lawal and the state government will defend their actions in the courts.


In a state where political tensions run high, this legal battle adds another layer of complexity to the political landscape. The outcome of this case will not only impact the lives and careers of the nine dismissed APC board members but will also set a precedent for similar cases in the future.


Source: [The Guardian]



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