A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned, indefinitely, the suit filed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, against the Federal Government over the withdrawal of his security aides and an alleged attempt to declare his seat vacant
The adjournment is a fall out of a motion of stay of proceeding filed by three members of , Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency of Sokoto State challenging the ruling of the court which disallowed them to be joined as defendants in the suit.
In his ruling, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that with an appeal before the appellate court, the lower court lacked the jurisdiction to look into the matter as such “the court has no other option than to bow to the superiority of the court above”.
There have been several adjournments since the Speaker of the House of Representatives filed the suit, leading to unanticipated delays.
An appeal filed by some members of the Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency who were refused to be joined in the suit is pending before the Appeal Court
This has made it impossible for the lower court to continue with the case .
In his submission, lawyer to Mr Tambuwal agreed with the aggrieved parties that going on with the case would not bring about justice, but a disobedient to the rule of law and the superiority of the upper court.
But the counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Inspector-General of Police feels otherwise.
According to the defendants, the appeal is just a delay tactics by Mr Tambuwal to exhaust his tenure as the speaker of the House of Representatives.
Having listened to both parties, Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned the case indefinitely until the appeal channels are exhausted by the plaintiff.
In another development, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal filed by a chieftain of PDP, Mr Umar Ardo, challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal which stopped him from joining in the lawsuit challenging President Goodluck Jonathan’s eligibility to re-contest in 2015.
The dismissal was sequel to an oral application moved by counsel to Ardo, Dr Amuda Kannike seeking to withdraw the appeal.
In dismissing the appeal, the panel of seven justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Mahmud said the appellant had no business joining in the appeal challenging Jonathan’s eligibility, as no law stopped him from participating in the just concluded convention of the party.
A litigant, Cyriacus Njoku, had approached an Abuja high court to stop President Jonathan from re-contesting in 2015 but Had his suit dismissed on ground that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain it.
Unsatisfied, Njoku approached the Court of Appeal to challenge the decision of the lower court.
Attempts by Mr Umar Ardo to join in the suit were denied on the ground that he did not show a reasonable interest that could have warranted his joinder.