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Court sets date for Adamawa governorship deadlock

11 August 2014, 10:25

Abuja - A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed Tuesday for hearing the suit filed by the former Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Bala James Nggilari, challenging his removal from office.

Nggilari reportedly resigned from office hours before Members of the State House of Assembly voted for the impeachment of the State Governor, Murtala Nyako.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Ahmadu Umaru, has since replaced the impeached governor in acting capacity pending the holding of new elections.

Also read: Nyako declared wanted

Nggilari has however proceeded to court asking to be sworn in as the substantive Governor of Adamawa State as he claims that he did not resign through official channels.

Nggilari's lawyer, Festus Keyamo, last week filed the lawsuit whose joint defendants are the Speaker, Adamawa House of Assembly, Adamawa State House of Assembly, Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Umaru, Former Governor, Nyako, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Nggilari argued in his suit that his resignation was not valid in law since he wrongly addressed his resignation letter to the Speaker of the State Assembly instead of the Governor who was yet to be impeached when the letter was written.

Consequently, the ex-deputy governor wants the court to nullify his purported resignation and reinstate him as the substantive governor following the impeachment of his principal.

Nggilari had prayed the court to immediately order the acting governor to step aside while the suit persist, but the court ignored the pleas and ordered for an accelerated hearing beginning from Tuesday.

– CAJ News


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