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Politics Adamawa State Gubernatorial By-Elections Cancelled


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Justice Ademola Adeniyi of the Abuja Federal High Court has ordered Alhaji Umar Fintiri, acting governor of Adamawa state, to step down for the swearing-in of Mr. Bala Ngilari.

According to the Vanguard newspaper, he ruled that the alleged resignation of Ngilari on July 14, 2014 was invalid, null and void as it breached the provisions of sections 306(1), (2) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution because it was addressed to the Speaker and acted upon by the House of Assembly.

Ngilari, through his lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, had submitted that by virtue of section 191 (1) of the 1999 Constitution that after the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako, that he, Ngilari being the next in the line of succession should have been inaugurated as governor.

The former deputy governor further deposed that the assertion that he resigned his position as deputy governor was untenable given the claim by the House of Assembly that he, Ngilari resigned in a letter addressed to the speaker of the House of Assembly.

The bye-elections slated for Saturday will no longer hold.

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