Adamawa: INEC shuns Ngilari’s suit
The Independent National Electoral Commission on Tuesday shunned proceedings before a Federal High Court in Abuja in the suit filed by a former deputy governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Bala Ngilari.
Ngilary in the suit is asking the court to sack Adamawa State’s Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri and make him (Ngilari) the governor.
When the case was called, INEC, a party in the suit, was not represented in the court.
The plantiff’s lawyer, Festus Keyamo, told the trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, that although INEC has been served with court processes in relation to the suit, it was likely to “care less about this matter.”
Keyamo said he has filed a further affidavit containing information to the effect that Fintiri has written a letter to INEC, urging it to conduct a bye-election for the post of substantive governor “as quickly as possible.”
The Constitution requires INEC to conduct bye-election within 90 days at the impeachment of a governor.
Ex-Adamawa Governor, Murtala Nyako was impeached by the state House of Assembly on July 15, who also declared the deputy governor’s seat vacant.
Lawyers to other defendants in the suit, including Duro Adeleye (SAN) and Leonard Nzardom sought time to enable them respond to the processes served on them.
They cited the provision of Section 99 of the Sheriffs and Civil Process Act, which they said gave them a minimum of 30 days to respond to court processes served through substituted means.
Nyako’s lawyer, Ayo Akam, told the court that he has responded to the suit by filing a counter-affidavit.
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