Tenure Extension: Court Dismisses Suit Seeking Extension Of Ex-Gov Ngilari’s Tenure

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed a suit filed by Dr Umar Ardo, an Adamawa chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), seeking an extension of former governor, James Ngilari’s tenure, after Ngilari succeeded impeached former Gov. Murtala Nyako.

Ardo had joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)for conducting a fresh governorship election in the state which produced incumbent Governor Umar Bindow, alongside the 12 political parties which took part in the election.

The plaintiff had argued in his submission that Ngilari’s tenure had yet to expire until Feb. 12, 2016.

Delivering judgment, the trial judge, Justice Evoh Chukwu, held that the applicant lacked the locus standi to institute the action because he was not an interested party in the issue.

“For the umpteenth time, I agree that the plaintiff does not have the locus standi to institute this suit.

“Let me state that the application by the plaintiff is an affront on the judicial process; indeed, it is an unbridled form of impunity,” Justice Chukwu said.

Mr Sylvester Imanhobe, counsel to the plaintiff, had sought a declaration that by the provisions of Section 178 (2) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, the tenure of office of Ngillari, who took oath of allegiance and office as deputy governor on February 13, 2012 would only expire on Feb. 12, 2016.

According to him, the tenure of Ngilari, who assumed office as governor after the impeachment of former governor Murtala Nyako, had yet to expire until February 12, 2016.

He also sought a declaration that the governorship election scheduled by INEC to hold on Saturday, February 28, 2015, was a breach of Section 178 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

INEC’s counsel, Mr Chris Uche, had in his submission, argued that Ardo had not disclosed any special interest in the suit.

He had therefore, urged the court to dismiss the suit forthright.

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