Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Judge withdraws from suit to remove Tambuwal

Following a petition addressed to the Chief Judge of the Federal High by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, over the new case filed against his continual membership of the House, a Federal High Court judge, Justice E.S. Chukwu, on Tuesday withdrew from the suit, Premium Times reports.

The suit filed by Hon. Abiodun Akinlade is seeking an order of the court declaring Tambuwal’s seat vacant. He is also praying the court to order the deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha to take over the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives. The matter was assigned to Justice Chukwu.

 But before the matter could be heard, Mr. Tambuwal filed a petition with the National Judicial Council, NJC, on November 30, challenging the assignment of the case to Mr. Chukwu.

The speaker had requested that the suit be transferred to a “neutral” judge because of the likelihood of bias that could prevent him from getting justice.

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