Thursday, 9 October 2014

Headline: Adamawa Acting Governor Fintiri Sacked, Bye-Elections Cancelled.

The statement reads: “The Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday, October 8 2014, delivered judgment in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/545/2014 between Barrister Bala James Ngilari vs. Speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly & 5 Ors.

“The Court declared that Barrister Bala James Nggilari did not resign from his office as Deputy Governor of Adamawa State as required by the Constitution and granted, among others, an order restraining INEC from conducting a bye-election to fill the office of Governor of Adamawa State.

“In compliance with the court order, INEC hereby suspends all preparations for the conduct of governorship bye-election in Adamawa State, which was scheduled to hold on Saturday, October 11, 2014.”
The state house of assembly impeached the state governor, Murtala Nyako, on allegations of financial impropriety.

Following his impeachment, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Ahmadu Fintiri was sworn-in as the Acting Governor of the state as Nyako’s deputy, Bala Ngilari was said to have resigned from office to avoid being impeached by the lawmakers alongside the governor.

However, Ngilari filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking an order compelling his swearing in as the governor of the state.

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