Contrary to his earlier position that he was not the target of the impeachment crisis rocking the Niger State House of Assembly, Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu at about 6:30pm on Wednesday, rushed to the State High Court 5 for an injunction to stop any impeachment proceedings against him by the lawmakers.
In the suit number NSHC/MN/54/2015, before Justice Idris M.J. Evuti, the governor obtained an order of interim injunction restraining the Speaker and the House jointly and severally from setting in motion any process of impeachment against him, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
“Upon hearing Mr. Rotimi Ojo, learned counsel to the applicant, I move this application brought by way of exparte motion and careful perusal of the affidavit in support of and deposed to by Abdullahi Bawa Wase of the Ministry of Justice, Niger State for an order of interim injunction against the defendants,” Justic Evuti said.
The court also granted an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants, whether by themselves or their servants, agents, privies, assigned successor or otherwise, howsoever described, from accepting any nomination of any purported candidate for the position of acting governor of Niger State or howsoever described from assuming the plaintiff’s position pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
He ordered all parties in the matter to maintain status quo ante bellum, the position the parties were in before the cause of action arose pending the hearing and determination of the case.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Israel Ebije, had on Wednesday said that Aliyu was not part of the impeachment crisis in the House as he has a robust relationship with the legislature since he came into office in 2007.
He said this cordial relationship had led to the huge turn of bills by the Assembly and peace in the state.


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