Posted on Mon 19 Aug 2019, 11:35 AM

Court dismisses suit seeking to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from inaugurating the 43 ministerial nominees over the exclusion of an FCT indigene from his cabinet list.

The applicant, Musa Baba-panya, who was also the counsel in the case, had, approached the court with an exparte motion, asking the court to stop the president from going ahead with the inauguration.

Baba-panya, who is also an indigene of Karu in the Federal Capital Territory , said the president’s action was contrary to an Appeal Court judgment delivered on March 15, 2018.

Delivering judgment, Justice Taiwo Taiwo held, the applicant is guilty of delay, since the names of the ministers have been confirmed by the National Assembly.

The court has no place to grant an injunction when the applicant has not establish a legal right.
An exercise of the courts discretion is within the competence and purview.

Stressing that it was necessary to grant accelerated  hearing in the matter other than  interim injunctions restraining the president from inaugurating the Ministers.

The court further held that the matter shall be placed on the court list after service is done personally on the respondents ( President and AGF).

 

 

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