Dr Umar Ardo, an Adamawa chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has vowed to appeal the judgment of an Abuja Federal High Court which on Tuesday dismissed a suit he filed seeking an extension of ex-Adamawa Governor, Bala Ngilari, until Feb. 12, 2016.
Ardo, who made the vow in a telephone interview with the Street Journal on Tuesday in his reaction to the court verdict, said the judgment was tantamount to a serious miscarriage of Justice.
The plaintiff, who had also filed an eligibility suit seeking to disqualify President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting the March 28 presidential election and lost at the Court of Appeal, has vowed to fight on.
He said: “This is clearly a faulty judgment occasioning a serious miscarriage of justice against the people of Adamawa state. There is a Supreme Court judgment which I put before the court that in a case of constitutional infraction locus is not required.
“In any case, the judgment has only reinforced my long held conviction that the Nigerian judiciary is centrally responsible for the systematic destruction of constitutionalism, rule of law and justice in our democratization process – the very values that it is established to enforce.
“What a great pity that the administration of justice by our courts has become the major impediment to justice for our people. I think if the present administration has to make any real change at all, it needs to start with the judiciary. That is where the real problem is.
“I will appeal the case.’’
Ardo had sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and joined 12 political parties over the conduct of a fresh governorship election in the state which produced incumbent Governor Umar Bindow, while the tenure of Ngillari had yet to expire until Feb. 12, 2016.
Ngilari, a former Adamawa Deputy Governor, had assumed office as Adamawa State Governor after the impeachment of former governor Murtala Nyako, to complete their tenure which was to end on Feb. 12, 2016, but INEC went ahead to conduct a fresh governorship election in the state on April 11.
Delivering judgment on the suit, the trial judge, Justice Evoh Chukwu, held that Ardo lacked the locus standi to institute the action because he was “neither an interested party nor a government official.’’