As Court Orders Status Quo Maintained Over Security Aides Withdrawal

Temporary relief came for embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Friday, as an Abuja High Court, hearing the suit he filed against the Federal Government and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), restated its order that status quo should be maintained, THEWILL reports.

aminu-tambuwalAlthough counsel to both parties could not agree on the prayers being sought, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police promised not to undermine the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives as further hearing in the case was adjourned to Nov. 17.

The defendants however asked the court presided by Justice Ahmed Mohammed to dismiss the suit filed by the embattled Speaker challenging , among others, the withdrawal of his security details .

In the suit he filed at the court, Tambuwal had challenged, among others, the alleged plans ‎by the PDP and the Federal Government to sack him from office as Speaker following his recent defection to the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Justice Mohammed had based the court order to maintain status quo on verbal undertakings ‎by the defendants lawyers not to do anything that would destroy the subject matter of the case.

“Parties are on agreement that the res should not be tampered with. The plaintiffs are satisfied by the undertakings granted the defendants not to tamper with the res.
The lone issue now is the security of the plaintiff.

“On the issue of jurisdiction, the court has power to determine whether or not it has jurisdiction. The preliminary objections will be taken together with the substantive case.

“Parties are hereby directed to maintain the status quo pending the hearing of the suit and the preliminary objections,” Justice Mohammed stated in his short ruling even as he was silent on the plaintiff’s request for an order directing the police to reinstate his security details.

There is confusion over the interpretation of the status quo as ordered by the court.

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