An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court yesterday issued an interim order of injunction to stop the House of Representatives from reconvening until Friday when a motion ex-parte lodged before it by the embattled Speaker of the House, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, will be heard.
The court also directed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’Azu and five other defendants in the matter, to appear before the court on that date to show the court why the reliefs being sought by the Speaker should not be granted.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed therefore ordered all the parties to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion before it, so as to preserve the ‘Res’ of the matter brought before it by the Speaker and his new party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Counsel to the plaintiffs, Mr. Sunday Ameh, SAN, had told the court yesterday that although a substantive suit filed by his clients last Friday was pending, the defendants were still plotting to remove Tambuwal as Speaker of the House.
Ameh disclosed that the PDP had summoned all its members at the House of Representatives, with a view to persuading them to reconvene the House for the purpose of discussing Tambuwal’s removal as speaker and member of the House.
He contended that Order 5 Rules 18(1) (2) and (3) of the House Standing Rules empowers the Speaker to reconvene the House by directing the Clerk to notify members, saying it will be unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void for the PDP to move to reconvene the House without the approval of the Speaker.
Joining PDP and Mu’Azu as defendants in the suit, which has the APC as the 2nd plaintiff, are the House of Representatives, the Deputy Speaker of the House, the IGP, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the Attorney General of the Federation.
Specifically, the plaintiffs had in their motion ex-parte, prayed the court to abort moves by the PDP and its Chairman, to illegally and unconstitutionally reconvene the sitting of the House, as part of a planned process to remove Speaker Aminu Tambuwal following his defection from the PDP to the APC.
The Speaker alleged that the defendants have the propensity to act with impunity, insisting that only a quick intervention of the court could stop the “evil plot” against him.