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A suit seeking to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from inaugurating the 43 ministerial nominees over the exclusion of an FCT indigene from his cabinet list, has been dismissed by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
36Naija.com reports that the suit was filed on Thursday by Musa Baba-panya, an indigene of Karu in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Baba-panya had approached the court with an exparte motion, asking the court to stop the president from going ahead on the inauguration on the grounds that the president’s action was contrary to an Appeal Court’s judgment delivered on March 15, 2018.
Listed as 1st and 2nd defendants were President Buhari and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).
In suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/878/19, Baba-panya, the applicant, who argued that the Appeal Court’s ruling was a compelling order, said it was served on the president through the AGF.
The applicant in an originating summon, dated Aug. 7 and filed Aug. 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.”
Delivering judgment on the matter on Monday, Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that the suit was coming rather too late and therefore there might be no reason to stop the inauguration.
Meanwhile, the 43 ministers-designate earlier confirmed by the Senate at the Federal Executive Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja, will be sworn in on Wednesday, on August 21.