Court Dismiss Suit Seeking To Halt Ministerial Inauguration


The Federal high Court sitting in Abuja has on Monday dismiss the suit requesting to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from inaugurating the 43 Ministerial nominees on the ground that Federal Capital Territory indigenes were excluded from the list.


In the application submitted by, Musa Baba-Panya, one of the council in the case, had on Thursday approach the court with an exparte motion demanding the court to stop President Buhari from inaugurating his ministerial cabinet.


The suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/878/19, Panya who doubled as an indigene from Karu of the FCT and council in the case opined that the President action was contrary to Appeal court judgement delivered on 15th 2018.


Accordingly, President Buhari is the first defendant in the case while the Attorney General of the Federation is the second defendant.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the president would inaugurate the 43 ministers designate earlier confirmed by the senate on 21 August at the Federal Executive Chamber, of the Presidential Villa Abuja.


Baba-Panya, who argued that the Appeal Court’s ruling was a compelling order, said it was served on the president through the AGF.


The lawyer, in an originating, summon dated August 7, filed August 8, said that “The 43 ministerial appointees now awaiting swearing-in or inauguration as the Federal Executive Council is incomplete, illegal, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”


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


The judge asked that President Buhari is personally served with the motion notice.