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Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has stopped the continuation of the hearing in a suit filed against Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle.

The suit was instituted by 14 chairmen of local government councils in Zamfara. They prayed the court to join them in a PDP’s suit against Matawalle and others.

But the PDP, in a suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/650/2021 had prayed the court for an order removing Matawalle as governor over his defection to APC.

The party also asked the court to sack the senators, House of Representatives members and state House of Assembly members who decamped alongside the governor to APC.

The governor and federal lawmakers had amidst allegations of neglect by PDP at the national level defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

While delivering judgement, Justice Ekwo said the move became necessary due to a similar matter pending before the Court of Appeal.

“I take full cognizance that there is an appeal in a similar matter pending in the Appellate Court.

“I will exercise a restraint until that matter is determined,” he said.