Tambuwal’s Defection: Court Stops Alleged Plan By Some Reps To Reconvene

TambuwalA Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the House of Representatives from re-convening before November 7 when the suit filed by the speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal will be heard.

Tambuwal had approached the court via an exparte application, seeking an order of interim injunction stopping the House of Representatives from re-convening and removing him from office pending the determination of the suit he filed on Friday.

Joined in the suit are the Peoples Democratic Party, its national chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, House of Representatives, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Inspector General of Police, Independent National Electoral Commission and Attorney General of the Gederation, as first to seventh defendants.

Maintain Status Quo

Ruling on the motion exparte on Monday, the trial judge, Justice A.R. Mohammed, held that parties in the suit should maintain status quo until the substantive suit is heard.

He further ordered the defendants in the suit to appear on the next adjourned date – November 7 – to show cause why Tambuwal’s prayers should not be granted.

In the affidavit attached to the motion exparte, Tambuwal stated that the defendants planned his removal as the Speaker of the House of Representatives despite his suit filed last Friday.

He averred that PDP and its chairman, Adamu Muazu, had threatened to ensure that his seat as Speaker and member of the House of Representatives was declared vacant in order to get INEC conduct a by-election.

He further stated that he had been receiving threats from his former party to remove him from office as speaker and members of the House of Representatives because of his defection to the All Progressive Congress.

Since Tambuwal defection the PDP had continued to asked him to vacate the seat of the speaker since he was elected under the party.

Defending Tambwual’s defection, a member of the House of Representatives and the Minority Leader, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, said that Mr Tambuwal was elected by majority of the House members cutting across different political parties and not just the PDP.

 

Lawyers Union Condemn Withdrawal Of Tambuwal’s Security Aides

TambuwalThe Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has condemned the withdrawal of the security aides of the Speaker of the House of Representatives by the Inspector General of Police on the ground of an alleged violation of section 68 sub section 1(g) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the speaker.

In a statement, the NBA President, Augustine Alegeh, said: “The Nigeria Police Force is not a Court of Law and lack competence to determine whether or not a provision of the constitution has been violated”. He insisted that the function was reserved for the courts of law exclusively.

The lawyers’ reaction is the latest that has trailed the removal of the security aides of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, after he defected to the All Progressives Congress from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday.

Part of the statement by the association read: “The Rt. Honourable Aminu Tambuwal still remains the Speaker of the House of Representatives and he is entitled to the full paraphernalia of his office including all his Police escort and security detail”.

The NBA called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, to restore the Police escort and security detail of the Speaker immediately, as the action portends a grave danger to Nigeria’s democracy.

After Tambuwal’s defection, the PDP advised him to ‘do the needful‘ and vacate the seat of the speaker, but the Minority Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, said Tambuwal was not made speaker by the PDP.

He insisted that Tambuwal was made Speaker, through a unanimous vote of members of the House in different political parties and not just the PDP.