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Plateau Assembly: Court Declines To Halt Swearing-In Of 16 APC Lawmakers

Justice V.D. Agishi of the Federal High Court, Jos Division, has declined to provide an injunction sought by the Plateau State PDP and the 16 sacked members of the Plateau House of Assembly who sought to prevent the Speaker and members from swearing in the 16 APC lawmakers declared validly elected by the Court of Appeal.

The PDP and the sacked lawmakers filed an exparte motion at the High Court, requesting that the court grant an exparte order restraining the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly and its current 8 members from implementing the court of appeals decision that removed them from office.

However, after hearing the application, His Lordship Hon. Justice V.D. Agishi stated that, in view of the unique circumstances of the case, it would be inappropriate to grant their petitions.

He did, however, direct that the defendants be put on notice for the case’s mention on January 26th, 2024.

The court also denied the PDP and fired lawmakers’ requests that the House of Assembly and Speaker refuse to acknowledge the Certificates of Return issued by INEC to the 16 APC lawmakers.

The court ordered that all parties be served through substituted means with the originating processes and all other processes by January 26th, 2024, when the matter is scheduled for mention.

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