A Federal High Court yesterday again declined to stop the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara from appointing Principal Officers and standing committees for the House.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole, while ruling in an ex-parte motion brought by two law makers, Abubakar Lado and Olanipekun Jimoh seeking to stop the Speaker from appointing principal officers, held that the issue is a domestic affair of the House of Representatives that can be resolved on the floor of the House.
Justice kolawole said that the court can only intervene when there is substantial infraction of the 1999 constitution and that for now there has been no breach of the 1999 constitution.
He added that it was not and cannot be the duty of the court to choose Principal Officers for the National Assembly because it has its own machinery to do so.
Justice Kolawole also held that the court will not allow itself to be used as a platform by aggrieved members to get what they should canvass for on the floor of the House.
The Judge insisted that it’s not a supervising institution for the National Assembly on account of separation of powers and that there is no evidence before the court that the 1999 constitution has been breached since the National Assembly was inaugurated.
He therefore refused the application in its entirety.
Justice kolawole thereafter directed that the defendants in the substantive suit which include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, his Deputy, the Clerk of the House and the Clerk of the National Assembly be put on notice and served with the originating summon.
The case has been adjourned to August 12 before Justice Adeniyi Ademola.

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