The Federal Government today (Wednesday) ordered the Chief Judge of Adamawa State to without delay swear-in Barr. Bala Ngilari as the governor of the state, in obedience to Wednesday court ruling.
DailyPost recalls that the Federal High Court today declared Ngilari’s resignation as unconstitutional, null and void, reinstating him to the Government House as Acting Governor of Adamawa state. Consequently, the court nullified the swearing-in of Ahmadu Umar Fintiri as Acting Governor of the state.
Reacting to the Court ruling, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, advised the Independent National Electoral Commission to stop forthwith all arrangements put in place for the Saturday’s governorship bye-election in the state.
The statement was signed by the Chief Press Secretary in the Ministry, Adedeji Ajibade and it reads below:
“The attention of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has been drawn to the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja, delivered by Hon. Justice Adeniyi Ademola on October 8 in respect of the above matter.
“The Federal High Court by its judgment under reference nullified the swearing in of Ahmadu Umar Fintiri as the Acting Governor of Adamawa State and declared the resignation of James Bala Ngilari as unconstitutional, null and void.
“In obedience to the judgment of the court and the need to avert a vacuum in governance and possible constitutional crises, the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, hereby calls on the Chief Judge of Adamawa State to immediately swear in Barr. James Ngilari as Governor of Adamawa State.
“The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission is also called upon in obedience to the judgment of the Federal High Court to keep in abeyance all the arrangements made for the conduct of the bye-elections scheduled to take place in Adamawa State on Saturday, October 11, 2014,” it stated.