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Court orders FCT Minister to swear in newly elected Chairmen, Councilors’

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Kubwa under Justice Mohammed Ibrahim has ordered the immediate Swearing-In of the newly elected chairmen and their councilors.

The judgment is a sharp reversal against the May 18, 2022 judgment given in favour of tenure elongation for the immediate past chairmen and their councilors that degenerated into confusion, agitations and protests, thereby prompting the legal team of the FCTA to seek redress of the judgment in court.

Justice Ibrahim Mohammed while delivering a fresh judgment on Thursday in Abuja, admitted that human beings are likely to make mistakes and also bound to make corrections, hence his decision to reverse the judgment.

To this end, Justice Mohammed withdrew his judgment hitherto given in favour of tenure extension and redirected those area council chairmen who were elected and issued a certificate of return be sworn in by the FCT Minister, without further delay.

Hon. Emmanuel Iyang, Spokesperson for Campaign Council and AMAC Chairman-Elect while speaking on the judgment explained that for a while, the battle has been on, which made the Chief Judge of the FCT direct the matter back to the same court that initially issued the first judgment.

“We want to thank the FCT Minister who saw that something went wrong, first he respected the judgment of the court by suspending the swearing-in, which was very right. Then he said that the FCTA is an institution created by law, and as such he will not in any way disobey the law, most especially coming from a court of competent jurisdiction.

“He went further to say that his legal team would seek redress in the court and that they did. Today, based on that redress in court, the judgment has been vacated and by His grace, the area council chairmen will also be sworn into office as directed by the court to the Minister.

“As I speak with you now, we are believing that the Minister would be served by the court, directing him to swear in the newly elected chairmen. I want to strongly believe that as soon as the Honorable minister is served the order of the court, he will act immediately,” he said.

Reporting by Remi Johnson; editing by Abdullahi Lamino