Court Strikes out Suit Seeking to stop Inauguration of Buhari’s Ministers

The Federal High Court Abuja, on Monday, quashed a request stopping President Muhammadu Buhari from inaugurating the 43 ministers designate 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, on Thursday, approached the court with an ex-parte motion, asking the court to stop the president from going ahead with the inauguration.

In suit number: number: FHC/ABJ/CS/878/19, Baba-panya, who is also an indigene of Karu in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said the president’s action was contrary to an Appeal Court’s judgment delivered on March 15, 2018.

Baba-panya, in an originating summon dated August 7 and filed August 8, said that

the 43 confirmed ministerial appointees now awaiting swearing-in or inauguration as the Federal Executive Council is incomplete, illegal, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, however, noted that the suit was coming rather too late and therefore there might be no reason to stop the inauguration.

The president would be inaugurating the 43 ministers-designate earlier confirmed by the Senate on August 21 at the Federal Executive Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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