Change in House of Reps leadership: PDP wins round one

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37 reps defected from PDP to APC

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday, received a boost in its quest to stop a change in the leadership of the House of Representatives.

There have been moves to change the House leadership due to the defection of some PDP members to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The defection of 37 PDP lawmakers to the APC allowed the opposition become the majority party in the House.

The PDP had filed suit at a Federal High Court, Abuja, asking for an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, and 52 other lawmakers, from taking any step capable of changing the present leadership structure at the House of Representatives.

The party took a step closer to getting its wish when Justice Ademola Adeniyi gave a temporary order restraining the House from altering the leadership, pending the determination of the suit brought by the PDP.

The judge ordered the House to maintain the status quo until Monday, February 3, when both the substantive suit and preliminary objections from the defendants would be heard.

The APC recently issued a statement by its spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, accusing the PDP of trying to use the judiciary to interfere in the independence of the legislature.

”Apart from the fact that the sole plaintiff in the case, the PDP, is incompetent and an interloper, the action itself is an abuse of court process, since there is a pending and subsisting order of the same Federal High Court in Abuja between the two parties,” APC said in its statement.

Meanwhile, a representative of the PDP, Nanchang Ndam, has stated in a supporting affidavit that while the defection of some of the defendants was still a subject of litigation before another court, one of the defendants, Femi Gbajabiamila, who is the minority leader, had issued threats to change the leadership of the House.

Motions

Mr. Ndam said unless the defendants were restrained, they could carry out the threat and thereby prejudice the earlier suit, cause a breakdown of law and order, and also create parallel activities of the House.

The PDP in its suit with No. FHC/ABJ/CS/2/2014 raised two questions for the court’s determination and sought four reliefs.

It asked the court to determine whether, in view of the mandatory provision of Section 68(1)(g) of the Constitution of Nigeria, and in view of the pendency of an earlier suit by the defecting lawmakers, whether the lawmakers could participate in any proceedings to remove the principal officers of the House.

The PDP also asked the court to determine whether, in view of the provision of Section 68(1)(g) of the Constitution and the pending suit by the defecting legislators, they could lawfully alter the composition or constitution of the House’s leadership.

It also asked the court to determine whether in view of Section 68(1)(g) of the Constitution and the pending case marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/621/2013, “the defecting lawmakers could lawfully vote and contribute to any motion for the removal or change of any of the principal officers” of the House.

PDP also asked the court to declare that the defecting lawmakers, who are also plaintiffs in the suit earlier filed before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the same court, were not competent to sponsor, contribute or vote on any motion calling for the removal or change in the leadership of the House or the removal of any principal officers of the House.


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  • Jimmy

    Is it not befuddling that the PDP would go to court to stop the APC changing the house leadership structure?
    Any kindergaten child knows that the party with majority membership controls the house/senate in ANY sane democracy
    What a country?!

    • tiji

      Jimmy, that is the way they operate in Nigeria and it shows that the judge did not know what he is doing. Most of these judges are super corrupt. What a Kangaroo Country!

    • tiji

      Jimmy, that is the way they operate in Nigeria and it shows that the judge did not know what he is doing. Most of these judges are super corrupt. What a Kangaroo Country!

    • Okey

      It seems you are commenting from a thoroughly befuddled mind. The defecting lawmakers were the first to approach the court to prevent their seats from being declared vacant on account of their defection; that suit is still pending and PDP is standing on same. Does it then mean your APC law makers are taking the judiciacy and judicial process to ridicule ? Femi Gbajiabimila has said his members will act contrary to any ruling given by the court they (his members) first approach. We are watching.

    • redeem

      Was tambuwal the choice of the majority party-or that he got there via the manipulation of the Islamic party of Nigeria-APC which does not want to have a woman as speaker of the house–U forgot it was APC agents wearing the agbada of PDP in the house that first approached the courts–

      • Sadiq Garba

        Is it for the majority party to choose the speaker, or for the majority of legislators?

  • Jimmy

    Is it not befuddling that the PDP would go to court to stop the APC changing the house leadership structure?
    Any kindergaten child knows that the party with majority membership controls the house/senate in ANY sane democracy
    What a country?!

  • redeem

    C-O-F-F-E-S-S-I-O-N

    “The truth is that. I was not shot. I only inhaled excess of the tear gas and
    the doctor requested l should be flown abroad.So l didn’t orchestrate the so called drama. I was simply obeying the doctors instruction.Nigerians should direct the blame to the doctor.Because I was embarrassed too by the doctors
    in London when they queried the doctors report I came with.”-Senator Magnus Abe

    • Issei

      You think senator Abey is a Mumu like you.

  • akyn

    Why are we splitting hair? Can the court dictate how the rep vote on issues? With or without change in leadership APC can still dictate the show when it comes to voting on issue in the house. This is my opinion

  • Issei

    I hope and pray.the APC leadership in the house should listen to the court and allow rule of law to prevail.because i know they will laugh last.PDP is a law less party,please don’t join them to disobey the court order,you can go to the same court nd vacate the order.

  • APC should stop overheating the system. I guess the same party alluded to a court judgement, when they defected. The same logic holds for both situations.What is good for the goose should be good for the gander.

    • Sadiq Garba

      What is overheating here.
      Is 174 less than 171 again?

  • Ette

    This is a kindergarten judgment given by a corrupt judge. It is not possible for the. House to conduct any business without following normal process of having the party in majority to produce the majority leader. This corrupt judge has succeeded In confirming the alarm raised by Rivers State government that PDP is going about buying judgements for its wicked actions. Implication is that the house will not consider the budget and carry out other normal activities till this wicked injunction is lifted. What a country ruled by wicked kindergarten people. Shame of the judiciary.