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LA. MAHMUD SAN, & CO
Legal Practitioners/Consultants
1 st April, 2014
 
The Hon. Speaker,
House of Representatives,
House of Representatives Building,
National Assembly Complex
Three Arms Zone,
Abuja.
Dear Sir,
RE: PEOPLES /DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP) VS. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND 53 ORS.

We are solicitors to 1 st , 2 and 3 rd Defendants in the above suit hereinafter referred to as “our clients”                                                                                     

 
In view of the judgment/ruling of the Court in the above suit delivered by Justice Adeniola, on the 31 st of March, 2014, our clients; instructed us to proceed with an appeal.

Consequently, we, filed a Notice of Appeal dated 1 st of April, 2014 challenging the judgment of the court in the above suit.

It is trite in law that once an appeals filed in a particular suit, all matters relating to or pertaining to the said judgement must wait for the outcome in the said matter.

We thank you for your kind and anticipated response.

Yours faithfully,
For: Mahmud  & Co,
 
 
 
IN THE COURT OF APPEAL IN THE ABUJA JUDICIAL DIVISION HOLDEN AT ABUJA.

Appeal No:
 
BETWEEN:
 
Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/4/14
 
 
 
1.         THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
2.         THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (Hon. Aminu Tambuwal)

3.         THE DEPUTY SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (Hon. Emeka Ihedioha)

AND
 
^APPELLANTS
 
 
1.         PEOPLES' DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP)
2.         HON. MULIKAT AKANDE ADEOLA (The Majority Leader of the House)

3.         HON. LEO OGOR. (Deputy Majority Leader of the House)

4.         HON. ISIAKA BAWA. (Chief Whip of the House)

5.         HON. AHMED MUKTAR. (Deputy Chief Whip of the House)

6.         HON. FEMI GBAJABIAM1LA. (Minority Leader of the House)

7.         HON. SAMSON OSAGIE. (Minority Leader)
3.      HON. SUMAILA KAWU.
(Deputy Minority Leader of the House) >.      HON. GARBA DATI.

(Deputy Minority Whip of the House)
0.         HON. ABDULLAHI BALARABE.
1.         HON. ABDULMUMIN JIBRIN.
2.         HON. ALI AHMAD.
3.         HON. ABDULLAHI WAMAKO. f&
4.         HON. ALIYU PATIGI.           CA§
5.         HON. AHMED ZEREWA.   SM^^C ]p^
6.         HON. AISHATU AHMED.   0^-^^j ” ”
7.         HON. AiYEDUN OLAYINKA.         L^'
1 8.      HON. ALHASSAN GARBA.
1 9.      HON. ALIYU MADAK1.       '           .
20.       HON. ALIYU SHEHU.         \
21.       HON. AMINU SHAGAR1.
22.       HON. AMINU SULEIMAN.
23.       HON. AMINU TUKUR.
24.       HON. ANDREW UCHENDU.
25.       HON. ASITA HONOURABLE.
26.       HON. BASHJR BABALE.
27.       HON. BLESSING US1EGBE.
28.       HON. DAKUKU PETERSIDE.
29.       HON. DAWARI GEORGE.
30.       HON. GIBSON NATHANIEL
31.       HON. GOGO BRIGHT TAMUNO.
32.       HON. ISA BASHIR.
33.       HON. KABIR ACHIDA.
34.       HON. MAURICE PRONEM.
35.       HON. SABO MOHAMMED.
36.       HON. MPIGi BARINADA.   \
37.       HON. MUKTARI MUHAMMAD.     f PvESPONDENTS

38.       HON.MUSAADO.     /
39.       HON. MUSA SARKIN-ADAR.
40.       HON. MUSTAPHA DAWAKI
41.       HON. MUSTAPHA MA5HOOD.
42.       HON. OGBONNA NWUKE.
43.       HON. RAFIU IBRAHIM.
44.       HON. SA'AD NABUNKARI.
45.       HON. SANI ALIYU.
46.       HON. SHUA1BU GOBJR.
47.       HON. SOKONTE DA VIES.
48.       HON. UMAR BATURE
49.       HON. YUSUPH DUNARI SULE.
)0.        HON. ZAKARJ MOHAMMED        I
H.        HON. YAKUBU DOGARA. /
.”2.      THE CLERK, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.         J

NOTICE OF APPEAL

sniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial division delivered

he       31st of March, 2014 do hereby appeal to this court upon the grounds set

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
out in paragraph 3 below and will at the hearing of the Appeal seek the reliefs set out in paragraph 4. The Appellants further state that the names and addresses of those directly affected by the appeal are set out in paragraph 5.

2.     PART OF THE DECISION COMPLAINED OF
“THE WHOLE DECISION”
3.     GROUNDS OF APPEAL
GROUND 1

ERROR IN LAW
The  learned   trial   judge  erred   in   law  when   he   dismissed  the  Appellants'

Preliminary. Objection on grounds that the suit was not incompetent.

PARTICULARS OF ERROR
a) The Learned trial judge did not advert his mind to the provisions of section 4 of the 1 999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended)

b.) The Learned trial judge failed to reckon his mind with the provisions of Section 60 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

c) The learned trial judge failed to follow the decisions in the cases of ATTORNEY GENERAL, FEDERATION and 22 others (1992) 3 NWLR 1 NCLR at 156 (2001) FWLR (Pt.65) 448, INAKOGU VS. ADELEKE (2007) All FWLR (Pt.353) page 143 – 1 44 paras H – B, ANUKWU VS. EZE (201 2) 2 NWLR (pt.1310) at page 53.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
d) The learned trial judge erred when he refused to hold that the 1st Respondent does not have the locus standi to institute this suit.

e)         The learned trial judge erred when he granted the reliefs of the 1st Respondent and went further to hold that the 1st – 39th Respondents ought to have resigned their seats as members of the 1st Appellant.

f)          The 1st Respondent suit was predicated upon speculation.

g)         The reliefs sought are not justiciable; unknown to law and do not disclose any cause of action against the Appellants.

GROUND 2
ERROR IN LAW
The Learned trial Judge erred in law when he held that the commencement of this suit via an originating summons was right and proper.

PARTICULARS OF ERROR
a)         The learned trial judge did not reckon with the provision of Order 3 Rule 6 of the Federal High Court Civil procedure Rules 2009.

b)         The learned trial judge erred when he refused to be bound by the case of BALONWE VS. OBI (2007) 5 NWLR (pt. 1028) 488 CA, FAGBOLA VS. T1T1LAYO PLAST. IND. LTD (2005) 2 NWLR

(Pt. 909) 1 At. 19 Paroi A – B, AJAGUNGBADE (!!!) Vs. ADEYEKU (II) (2001)16 NWLR (PT.783) 126 CA, UGWU VS. ARARAUME (2007) All FWLR (Pt.377) page 883 paras D-E.

c)     The learned trial judge did not advert his mind to the conflict with respect to the 1 st Respondent Affidavit which would have required the 1 s+ Respondent's testimony to be tested and proven during cross examination.

d)   The learned trial judge did not advert his mind to the fact that the Respondent's Suit ought to have been struck out when same was filed by an originating summons.

e)     The 1 st Respondent suit is contentious and same can only be properly determined by way of, Writ of Summons, yet the judge went ahead to entertain the suit

GROUND 3
ERROR IN LAW
The Learned trial judge erred when he held that the reliefs of the 1 st Respondent where justiciable and went ahead to make pronouncement on the reliefs sought by the ] 5t Respondent.

PARTICULARS OF ERROR
a) The learned trial judge erred in law when he failed to follow the decisions in IBRAHIM VS. GAYE (2002) 13 NWLR (Pt.783) page 296 paras C – F, HON. EDWIN UME – EZOKE VS. ALHAJi ISA ALIYU MAKAF1 (1982) 3 NCLR at page 674, N.N.B Pic VS. OSOR (2001) 13 NWLR

(Pt.729) page 250 paras E – G, 1NAKOGU VS. ADELEKE (2007) All FWLR (Pt. 353) page 143-144 Paras H – B.

b)    By Section 30 of the Legislative Houses (powers and privilege) Act Cap LI 2 LFN 2004; Neither the President or the Speaker as the case may be, of a Legislative House shall be subject io the jurisdiction of any Court in respect of the Exercise of any Power conferred on or vested in him by or lender this Act or the standing orders of the Legislative House, or by the Constitution.

c)    The Judgement of the trial judge is perverse.

d)    The judgement of the Court is not supported by the Relief sought by the plaintiffs.

e)    The trial judge erred in law when he granted reliefs not sought by the plaintiff.

GROUND 4
The Learned trial judge erred in law when he held that the claims of the 1 st Respondent do not amount to an abuse of Court process.

PARTICULARS OF ERROR
a) The Learned trial judge did not reckon with the case of UMEH VS. 1WU (2008) Ail FWLR (PU18) 362 at 393, CHRISTIAN OUTREACH MINISTRIES INC & 2 ORS VS. COBHAM & ORS (2006) 15 NWLR (PU002) at 283, SEVE UP BOTTLING COY. LTD VS. ABILITY AND SONS BOTTLING CO. LTD (1996) 7 NWLR (Pt.75) 156 at 177.

b)   The learned trial judge failed to reckon with the

subsistence of suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/621/2013
Between Senator Beilo Hayatu Gwarzo and
79 others VS.  Aihaji Bamanga
Tukur and 4
others which is in ali fours with this instant suit.

c)   The subject matter of this suit, the parties and the

reliefs sought for in Suit No; FHC/ABJ/CS/4/14
and Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/621/2013 between
Beilo Hayatu Gwarzo and 79 others Vs. Aihaji
Bamanga Tukur and 4 others
are the same.
GROUND 5
The Learned Trial Judge lacks the jurisdiction to entertain this suit.

PARTICULARS OF ERROR
a)   The suit is predicated on internal affairs of the

House   of   Representatives   which   is    protected

, under Section 60 of the 1 999 Constitution.
b)   The reliefs sought for are not justiciable yet the

trial judge granted the reliefs sought for by the
1 st Respondent
GROUND 6
The plaintiff/1 st Respondent lacked the locus standi to institute the suit.

PARTICULARS OF ERROR
a)   The plaintiff action is not predicated on any recognized legal interest.

b)   The reliefs sought ore not supported by any legal evidence.

c)      The trial judge failed to reckon with the Supreme Court's decision in FAWENMI VS AKILU (1987) 12 SC 136, AMECHI VS. INEC (2008) 1 LRECN 1.

GROUND 7
The judgment of the trial Court is against the weight of evidence. Further grounds may be filed on receipt of the records of appeal. 4.      RELIEFS SOUGHT FROM THE COURT OF APPEAL

1.         An Order setting  aside the  decision of the Federal  High Court, Abuja division delivered on the 31st of March 2014.

2.         An Order allowing .the Appeal.
5.       PERSONS DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY THE APPEAL AND ADDRESS FOR SERVICE

 
1. PEOPLES' DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP)
 
/-
v
 
C/o: Their Counsel
Yunus Ustaz Usman, SAN NO.1 Yunus Ustaz Usman Road Off Waziri Ibrahim Way, Abakpa GRA, Kaduna

 
 
 
2.         HON. MULIKAT AKANDE ADEOLA (The Majority Leader of the House)

3.         HON. LEO OGOR.
(Deputy Majority Leader of the House)
4.         HON. ISIAKA BAWA. (Chief Whip of the House)

5.         HON. AHMED MUKTAR. (Deputy Chief Whip of the House)

6.         HON. FEMI GBAJABIAMILA. (Minority Leader of the House)

7.         HON. SAMSON OSAGIE. (Minority Leader)
8.         HON. SUMAILA KAWU.
(Deputy Minority Leader of the House)
9.         HON. GARBA DATI.
(Deputy Minority Whip of the House)
 
C/o of their Counsel
OCHOLI James, SAN Ugbedeldachaba & Co
Plot ] 08, Idris Gidaclo Street, Wuye District, Abuja.

 
 
 
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ABDULLAH! BALARABE. ABDULMUMiN J1BRIN. ALI AHMAD. ABDULLAH! WAMAKO. ALIYU PAT1GI. AHMED ZEREWA. AiSHATU AHMED. A1YEDUN OLAYINKA. ALHASSAN GARBA. ALIYU MADAK1. ALIYU SHEHU. AMINU SHAGARI. AMINU SULEIMAN. AMINU TUKUR. ANDREW UCHENDU. ASITA HONOURABLE. BASH1R BABALE. BLESSING USIEGBE. DAKUKU PETERSIDE.

 
C/o of their Counsel
S.T. HON, SAN
S.T. HON (SAN) & Co.
(Lav/shield Partners)
No.16, Dan Suleiman Street
Behind Utako Market, Utoko
Abuja.
 
 
 
29.       HON. DA WAR] GEORGE.
30.       HON. GIBSON NATHANIEL
31.       HON. GOGO BRIGHT TAMUNO.
32.       HON. ISA BASHIR.
33.       HON. KABIRACH1DA.
34.       HON. MAURICE PRONEM.
35.       HON. SABO MOHAMMED.
36.       HON. MPIGi BARINADA.
37.       HON. MUKTARI MUHAMMAD.
38.       HON. MUSAADO.
39.       HON. MUSA SARKIN-ADAR.
 
C/o of their Counsel Eric Apia Esq. Suit 16, Manga! Plaza, Wuse Zone 1, Abuja.

 
 
40.      HON. MUSTAPHA DAWAKi
41.       HON. MUSTAPHA MASHOOD.
42.       HON. OGBONNA NWUKE
43.       HON. RAFIU IBRAHIM.
44.       HON. SA'AD NABUNKARI.
45.       HON. SANI ALIYU.
46.       HON. SHUAJBU GOBIR.
47.       HON. SOKONTE DAVIES.
48.       HON. UMAR BATURE
49.       HON. YUSUPH DUNARI SULE.
50.       HON. ZAKARI MOHAMMED
51.       HON. YAKUBU DOGARA.
52.       THE CLERK, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 
C/o their Counsel
J.S Okutepa, SAN
J.S Okutepa SAN & Co
Trinity House, Flat 99 3rd Floor
Mabushi Abuia.
 
 
 
 
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1.         THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
2.         THE SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (Hon. Aminu Tarnbuwal)

3.         THE DEPUTY SPEAKER, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (Hon. Emeka Ihedioha)

 
“C/o their Counsel Mahmud A. Magaji, SAN Mahmud SAN & Co.

Suit 12B, ,3rd Floor, Wing B City Plaza, Area 11,
Garki Abuia.
 
 
 
Dated this
 
04
 
_day of
 
Mahmi/d A. Magaji, SAN
Danjuma Ayeye, Esq.
Azuamah Ifeanyi
Augusfine,Esq.
K/cfv\ Okoi, Esq.
Kenechukwu Azie, Esq.
Mahmud & Co. Appellants Counsel
Suite 12B, 3rd Floor, Wing B
City Plaza, Area 1 1
Garki, Abuja.
 
 
 
This Process is from tA.A. Magaji, SAN jMahmud A Co.

 
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