On Friday, a federal high court adjourned for further mention a suit challenging the nomination of Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, a member of the House of Representatives vying for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th National Assembly until June 14.
Gbajabiamila was sued before the court in the suit with No. FHC/ABJ/CS/539/2019, by one Philip Undie, a businessman.
Undie is challenging the eligibility of Gbajabiamila to contest for the speakership of the house on the grounds that he has a criminal allegation in the state of Georgia, U.S.
Gbajabiamila is one of the leading candidates vying for the position.
Other respondents/defendants in the suit are: the House of Representatives, the Attorney General of the Federation and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
At the resumed sitting of the court, Justice Inyang Ekwo, adjourned the matter at the instance of the first defendant counsel, Mr Adebowale Kamoru, who informed the court that he has just been served with court process this morning.
Kamoru pleaded with the court to grant an adjournment to enable him study the process since he was newly served this morning.
“We have undertaken to collect the service of the originating process on behalf of the first defendant; the first defendant has now been served. We will study the process and respond appropriately.
Earlier, the plaintiff counsel, Mr Olasupo Azeez, informed the court that there was a pending application of the plaintiff seeking for the leave of the court to serve the defendant the originating process.
” The second respondent was served on May 31, we apply to withdraw the motion exparte in this matter having been undertaken by event
“We also urged the court to refuse the applicant party seeking to be join in the suit on the ground that they have not shown why they are seeking to be joined in this matter,” Azeez prayed.
Justice Ekwo however granted the adjournment and adjourned the suit till June 14 for further mention.
A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted an order ex-parte for the maintenance of status quo, pending the determination of a motion filed by DAAR Communications Plc in its suit challenging the suspension of its operating licence by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a ruling a moment ago, rejected two prayers by DAAR, for restraining orders against the respondents – NBC, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture (FMIC) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).
DAAR Communications had, in the reliefs turned down by the court, sought to restrain the respondents from interfering with its operations pending the determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunctions.
Instead, Justice Ekwo granted the alternative relief: “an order for the maintenance of status quo ante bellum as at 30th of May, 2019, pending the hearing and final determination of the motion on notice filed along with this application.”
Justice Ekwo said the applicant, DAAR would be penalised should it turn out, at the end of the day, that the order ought not to have been made.
The judge noted that, by the issues raised in its application by DAAR Communications, the respondents deserved to be heard.
He ordered the respondents – NBC, FMIC, AGF – “to appear in court on the next date to show cause why the prayers in the applicant’s motion should not be granted.”
Justice Ekwo adjourned further proceedings till June 13, 2019.