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ZDA power tussle: Fed H’Court sacks Dr. Sanda Caretaker Committee, affirms Engr Galla’s EXCO


ZDA power tussle: Fed H’Court sacks Dr. Sanda Caretaker Committee, affirms Engr Galla’s EXCO

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Samuel Luka, Bauchi

The Federal High Court sitting in Bauchi has finally put to rest, the leadership tussle in the Zaar Development Association (ZDA) national by sacking the factional leadership led by Dr. Sanda Nehemiah’s Caretaker Committee.

It can be recall that the leadership crisis in the Zaar/ Sayawa Socio-Cultural organization (ZDA) began in January 2022 during which the former trustees pronounced the dissolution of a duly Elected National Executives of the association which created a faction led by Dr. Sanda’s Caretaker Committee.

The Galla led EXCO had filed a suit in the federal high court in Bauchi seeking Legal interpretations of the Rights and privileges of an Elected NEC and the Board of Trustees in line with Companies and Allied Matters Act(CAMA) of the Corporate Affairs Commission.

A circular to all ZDA branches signed and made available to our Corresspondent by the Public Relations Officer I of the association, Joseph Bulus Wachakshi on Monday, described the victory as a victory for all Zaar people.

“The Federal High Court sitting in Bauchi has finally sacked Dr. Sanda Nehemiah Yakubu and eight(8) others”, the PRO said in the circular attached to the true certified copy of the judgement.

He further said that the court has in a 40 paged judgement also ordered the Dr. Sanda and the 8 others to stop parading themselves as ZDA Caretaker Committee.

“The Court upheld that the Engr Isuwa Gala led executives are legal and the only authentic Leaders of ZDA as they were duly Elected in tandem with the rule of Law”, the press release dated pointed out.

According to the circular dated 3rd December 2023, the Court took the decision in a Judgement delivered on the 23d of November, 2023 by the presiding Judge, Justice Musa S. Liman.

The Circular informed that the claims by the trustees that Engineer Isuwa Galla and his Exccutives were removed because he
committed a Sin by leading the Association in a wrong way was dismissed for lacking in merit, as it did not relate to financial misappropriation as stated in the association’s constitution.

The Court also rejected the purported Minute of Meeting dated 8th March 2022 signed by Rev. Mike Sammako (Chairman) and co-signed by Mr. Samuel Kasuwa (Secretary) with all decisions and actions taken, describing it as illegal, nullified, void and of no effect.

The court averred that
CAMA 2020 did not support and neither justifies the purported removal of Engr Isuwa Galla and the Executives of the Association until the expiration of their tenure.

The court also held that it is Loud and obvious that there were no such powers given to the Trustees and as such, their actions is set aside.

“The act is incurably bad and the order of the Court has set it aside, it is automatically null and void without Much ado, and every proceeding which is
standing on it also”, the court said.

It further noted that; “You cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stand, it will definitely

While describing Dr. Sanda and the eight other Caretaker Committee members as destitutes and Squatters, the judge ruled that they are illegally occupying Space meant for the Legal Occupants.

“They have to be ejected and I so order their ejection from the office of the 2nd Plaintiff (Engr Isuwa Galla) and his Executives”, the judge further ordered.

The case which has now been put to rest was between the ZDA Incorporated Trustees and Engineer Isuwa Galla as Plaintiffs while on the other hand, Dr. Sanda Nehemiah, James Jatau, Dr. Godiya Bulus, Mrs. Suzana Yakubu, Dr. Yusuf Gambo, Mrs Halima Habila Thomas, Bro. Mako Bitrus, Alhamdu Bitrus and Timothy Gwami were the defendants in the suit with number FHC/BAU/CS/16/2022.