Court stops House from reconvening


Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday granted an injunction stopping lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] from reconvening the House of Representatives from recess.

Justice Ahmed Ramat Muhammed said the PDP legislators cannot take a decision to reconvene the House at least until Friday when the case would be heard.

The ruling came after members of the APC in the House filed a motion on notice asking the court to stop the Federal Government, the PDP and their agents from reconvening the House until December 3.

Lawmakers of the APC, led by House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, had gone to court after they suspected that PDP lawmakers were planning to reconvene the House in defiance of its leadership.

The Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, had after defecting to the APC on October 28 adjourned the House to December 3.

In his ruling, Justice Muhammed also asked the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, and the APC to serve the defendants with the motion on notice and ordered the defendants to come and show cause why all the reliefs being sought should not be granted.

The APC had three days ago alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan was plotting, alongside PDP lawmakers, to reconvene the House in violation of laid down procedures.

“We reject this meddling in the affairs of the Legislature especially given the resolution of President Jonathan and his close advisers yesterday at their meeting to ask the Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha to unlawfully reconvene the House before the adjourned date,” the party had said in a statement by its spokesperson, Lai Mohammed.

“May we remind President Goodluck Jonathan that under the House Rules, only a resolution by all principal officers of the House and not even the Speaker of the House can reconvene the House before the adjourned date not to talk of the Deputy Speaker.”

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