An Abuja Federal High Court on Monday ruled that nothing has changed in the leadership of the House of Representatives, emphasising especially that Aminu Tambuwal remains the Speaker of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Issuing the ruling on 3 November, 2014, the court also said that Tambuwal could not be removed and that the House could not reconvene until the date it was adjourned to on 3 December.
After the rulings were passed, the hearing on the substantive case was adjourned till Friday. The suit was filed by lawmakers on the All Progressives Congress, APC, platform in the House of Representatives to stop an alleged plan by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to re-convene before the adjourn date.
The Opposition Reps had prayed the court to declare that only the speaker can issue a directive to re-convene the House and any other attempt is illegal and unconstitutional.
The opposition lawmakers also urged the court to examine whether in view of section 60 of the 1999 constitution and rules 18 of the House standing order the House of Representative can be re-convened without the express application to the speaker, or whether the House could be re-convened without the speaker directing the clerk of the House to give notice of such re-assembly of members.
The lawmakers also wanted to clarify if the sitting can be re-convened by any other principal officer of the House of representative without recourse to the speaker.
Mahmud Magaji, counsel to APC lawmakers told reporters that the lawmakers also sought “a declaration that the House of Representative cannot be reconvened without recourse to the speaker and an express directive by him to the clerk of the house to do same.
Magaji told the court to issue an order of mandatory injunction restraining anyone from reconvening the House of Representatives on an earlier date than 3 December.
Towing the same line, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has sent a strongly worded letter to Abba, asking him to quit his job as IGP for breaking the law he is supposed to up hold by presumptiously withdrawing the speaker’s security details.
In his letter to the IGP, Falana pointedly accused the police chief of being partial.
Falana said: “Since you were appointed the Acting Inspector-General of Police by the President of the Republic on 31 July, 2014 the Nigeria Police Force has been involved in partisan politics to the detriment of law and order in the country. Permit me to draw your attention to three glaring cases of political bias recently displayed by the Police under your leadership”.