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Finitiri Rejects Sack Ruling; Heads To Court For Appeal

From Ganiyu Nasirudeen

Following his sack Wednesday morning by an Abuja High court, report from Yola, the Adamawa state capital said the Acting Governor, Ahmadu Finitiri, is heading to court to file an appeal against Justice Adeniyi Ademola’s verdict.

AFRICAN EXAMINER gathered that Fintiri has reached out to team of his Lawyers,  immediately after the judgement, to file an appeal against the court’s pronouncement.

Ngillari’s prayers to court it was learnt was precipitated on the constitutional provisions that a Deputy Governor is allowed to tender resignation letter to the reigning Governor.

After Finitiri’s swearing in, Ngilari approached court in a suit, marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/545/14, arguing that his resignation ran contrary to the provisions of sections 306(1), (2) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution.

The prayers were granted as Justice Ademola ruled that Ngilari’s letter was written when his former boss, Nyako was yet to be removed, which implies his resignation ought to be channeled through the Governor who was at that time, was still in power, instead of the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, hence declaration of his action (resignation) illegal,  null and void.

In the meantime, the fate of the appeal by the embattled Finitiri is hanging as well as the bye election, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2014.

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