We deliver your news brief for Tuesday, October 8, 2014.
Former Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Umar Fintiri, has said he has appealed against the judgment of a Federal High Court in Abuja, which ordered the former Deputy Governor of the state, Bala Ngilari, to be sworn in as the substantive governor.
Fintiri, who was the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly before he was sworn in as the Acting Governor, said he had also filed a stay of execution of the judgment, adding that the orders of court could not be complied with until his appeal was determined.
He spoke through his lawyer, Bayo Ojo (SAN), in a statement issued shortly after Justice Adenyi Ademola delivered the judgment on Wednesday.
Bala Ngilari sworn in as Adamawa State Governor, but Acting Governor of the state, Ahmadu Fintiri, says he will not vacate Government House.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday in Abuja called on its members in Adamawa to obey the court verdict that sacked the Adamawa acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Fintiri.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, made the call while reacting to the court order delivered on Wednesday in Abuja.
Fintiri, the former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, assumed leadership of the state, when former Gov. Murtala Nyako was impeached on grounds of financial irregularities.
Ousted governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, has expressed satisfaction with the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja nullifying the alleged his former deputy, Bala Ngilari.
The court ordered that Mr. Ngilari be sworn in to office to replace the acting governor, Umar Fintiri.
In a statement by his media aide, Ahmad Sajoh, the former governor said the judgement was “a further testimony that the entire process associated with his purported impeachment saga had been just series of acts characterised by extreme illegality and political brigandage.”
The Former Vice-President and presidential aspirant of All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, says the court verdict on the Adamawa governorship tussle only delayed the overwhelming desire of the people.
Atiku said this on Wednesday in a statement by his media office in Abuja.
”Although I am bound to respect the decision of the Federal High Court to reinstate the former Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Mr Bala Ngilari as the substantive Acting Governor of the state, the verdict of the court has inevitably delayed the people’s desire.