The former Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari, on Friday had his bid to become the Governor of the state stalled. Ngilari had approached a Federal High Court in Abuja in a bid to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from conducting bye-election to fill the vacant governorship seat in the state.
The seat became vacant following the recent impeachment of Murtala Nyako by members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly. Meanwhile, Ngilari had turned in his resignation, hours before his boss was impeached.
While giving the ruling, Justice Adeniyi Ademola refused Ngilari’s ex-parte motion in which he sought an interim restraining order against the INEC.
While ordering that INEC be put on notice, the judge fixed Tuesday for hearing of the motion on notice containing a similar prayer of injunction.
After Festus Keyamo, NBgilari’s counsel moved two ex-parte motions filed for the plaintiff, Justice Ademola granted his prayer for substituted service, via the newspaper.
The judge also granted leave to the plaintiff to serve court processes on the defendants outside Abuja.
Ngilari, whose office was declared vacant on July 15 by the state’s lawmakers following their impeachment of the governor, had earlier this week sued the legislators and asked the court to sack the state’s acting Governor, Ahmadu Umaru and make him (Ngilari) the governor.
In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/545/14 has Umaru, the Speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly, the House of Assembly, the Acting Governor, Adamawa State, Nyako and INEC were all joined as defendants.