Thursday, 9 October 2014
Adamawa State: Court Orders Swearing-in of Ngilari as Governor; My Emergence Is Divine, Says Ngilari
The court ruled that the purported resignation of Ngilari on July 14, 2014 was invalid, null and void as it breached the provisions of sections 306(1), (2) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution because it was addressed to the Speaker and acted upon by the House of Assembly.
Ngilari, erstwhile deputy to removed Governor Murtala Nyako had filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking an order compelling his swearing in as the governor of the state.
He had asked the court to declare his resignation letter dated July 14, 2014 and addressed to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, as illegal, null and void.In his suit, marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/545/14, the plaintiff argued that his resignation letter was in breach of the provisions of sections 306(1), (2) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution because it was addressed to the Speaker and acted upon by the House of Assembly.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola, while delivering his judgment, ruled that Ngilari’s letter was written at a time when Nyako had not been removed, thus implying that the letter ought to have gone through Nyako as then governor, which it did not, thus rendering the resignation null and void.
He therefore ruled that Ngilari be sworn in as the substantive governor of the state.
The judgment implies that the bye-election slated for Saturday by INEC, has been stopped.
The newly sworn in Governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari has described his emergence as a divine intervention of God, pledging to partner with other stakeholders to create an enabling environment for peace and progress in the state.
He stated this in his acceptance speech Wednesday, while taking his oath of office at the Banquet hall Yola.
He said, “Without peace there cannot be development, I’m calling on people of the state to rally round his administration for Adamawa to move forward.
“I promise to run an open government with transparency and fairness to all including women and youths.
“I thank the Peoples Democratic Party and President Goodluck Jonathan for their support and cooperation.”
The oath of office was administered by the President, Customary Court of appeal Justice Andu Lagre.
Ngilari has appointed Mallam Chubado Tijjani as his chief of Staff.
The appointment takes immediate effect.