FG orders Adamawa Chief Judge to swear in Bala Ngilari as governor


The Federal Government has directed the Chief Judge of Adamawa State to swear in Bala Ngilari as governor of the state in compliance with the judgment of the Federal High Court, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting.

The government’s directive came as the state Acting Governor, Umaru Fintiri, removed by the court, said he had instructed his lawyers to appeal the  judgment, suggesting that  he was unwilling to step down.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had on Wednesday morning ordered Mr. Fintiri to vacate office and that Mr. Ngilari, the deputy governor of the ousted former governor, Murtala Nyako, be sworn in immediately to complete the tenure of Mr, Nyako.

The court said  Mr.  Ngilari, who was said to have resigned, is the rightful governor of the troubled state.

The court also directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to stop Saturday’s governorship bye election in the state.

The court’s judgement follows a suit instituted by Mr. Ngilari praying the court to declare him governor on the grounds that his resignation letter, which he forwarded to the speaker of the state Assembly on the eve of the impeachment of Governor Nyako, was null and void.

Mr. Ngilari’s request is based on the constitutional requirement that a deputy governor can only resign by submitting his letter of resignation to the governor.

INEC says it is awaiting formal court order to decide on the conduct of Adamawa governorship by-election scheduled for Saturday.





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  • Dan Fulani

    Umar Ardo, a semti.

    • Ahmad

      Wodi ko lutti. Allah don rena be.

  • Akiika

    Chei! PDP is a gangster party! Wetin concern FG with Adamawa state issue. The judiciary have spoken, it doesn’t need any further directive from the FG, so shut the hell up!. I just hope the Fintiri guy also lose his speakership position. Democracy indeed!

    • Uzoma

      You’re right, wetin concern FG? Obviously, it is trying to show that it is for respecting court rulings and that the judiciary is independent but, unfortunately, by _ordering_ the swearing-in of Ngilari, it has only succeeded in proving the contrary. Are we to assume it could have prevented the Adamawa chief judge from swearing him in? Ideally, judicial orders should be carried out without prompting from any quarters.

  • buzu

    Ngilari has already been swear in just now. So let pdp do what it can. It can not change anythin

  • Ilesanmi

    The Fed, Government acted wisely and timely by ordering the swearing of Ngilari. After all the Adamawa impeachment process was sponsored by the Fed Govt. and it could have been held responsible for any crisis erupting in that state.