By Tom Garba – A Yola High Court presided over by Justice Ambrose Mammadi, on Tuesday fixed February 18, 2016 for ruling in a suit challenging the suspension of Abdulrahman Abubakar as member of Adamawa House of Assembly.
Mammadi will rule on the plenary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit, as well as pass judgement on the suit already argued before him by the parties involved.
Abubakar, who represents Mubi South constituency, had in 2015 dragged the Speaker, Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa and the Assembly to court over his suspension for three months and dissolution of the House Committee on Finance, which he chaired.
The state Attorney General was later joined in the suit as 3rd respondent.
In his argument before the court, counsel to Abubakar, Mr Ever Odo, argued that both the speaker and the assembly erred in law, as they have no powers to suspend his client for 30 days.
Odo also argued that the preliminary objection raised by the 3rd respondent challenging the jurisdiction of the court on the matter was untenable in law.
Citing cases to support his argument, the counsel said the court has the power to intervene in the affairs of the assembly or any other organization, if there was a breach of the constitution.
Mr Aliyu Kegangso, counsel to the 1st and 2nd respondents, as well as Mr Konleganyiga Urbanus, who stood for the state attorney general, argued that the court has no powers to intervene in the internal affairs of the assembly.
They also argued that the plaintiff lacked the requisite standing to sue the house on the matter.
Abubakar was suspended in November 2015 for improper dressing and violation of the house rules.
The suspension followed Abubakar’s media interview in which he criticised the assembly’s decision to approve a virement for the executive in the 2015 budget.