Tambuwal To Remain Speaker As Court Adjourns Till Nov 17

The Attorney Gen­eral of the Fed­eration and the Inspector General of Police have agreed not to do anything that will un­dermine the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives as a re­sult to his defection to the opposition All Progres­sives Congress (APC).

The federal agencies have therefore asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to dismiss the suit filed by Aminu Tambuwal over perceived moves to impeach him.

When the case resumed yesterday for hearing, the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed reiterated his orders for the parties to maintain the status quo.

The judge premised the order to maintain status quo on verbal undertakings by the defendants’ lawyers not to do anything that would destroy the subject matter of the case.

In a short ruling, Jus­tice Mohammed held that: “Parties are on agreement that the res should not be tampered with. The plain­tiffs are satisfied by the undertakings granted the defendants not to tamper with the res.

“The lone issue now is the security of the plaintiff.

“On the issue of juris­diction, the court has pow­er to determine whether or not it has jurisdiction.

“The preliminary objec­tions will be taken together with the substantive case.

“Parties are hereby di­rected to maintain the sta­tus quo pending the hearing of the suit and the prelimi­nary objections.”

The court however did not make any order direct­ing the police to reinstate the security details of the Speaker, but acted on accelerating proceedings. He adjourned the matter till November 17.