Sunday, 2 March 2014
NGF Crisis: Court Declines To Hear Governor Jang's Application
The confusion caused by Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang at the Nigerian governors' forum surfaced at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court in Abuja today as the controversial governor briefed two sets of lawyers to represent his faction in court.
Governor Jang briefed Paul Erokoro and Tayo Oyetibo separately to defend his faction in a case brought before the court by Lagos Governor Babatunde Fashola urging the court to ask Mr. Jang to stop parading himself as the chair of the Nigerian Governors' Forum.
The court was thrown into confusion when both Oyetibo and Erokoro filed different processes asking the court to throw out the lawsuit.
Lawyers to Governor Fashola, prominent Nigerian human rights attorney, Femi Falana and former Lagos Attorney General, Yemi Osibajo countered the two lawyers drawing the attention of the judge to the improper conduct of the defendants and stating that Mr. Jang has brought the confusion he created at the NGF to the court room. The lawyers then asked the court to thrash the preliminary objections filed by Mr. Jang's lawyers.
However, the judge handling the case, Justice Paul Afeen declined Mr. Fashola's request to strike down the objections; he ruled that Mr. Jang lawyers should go put their house in order while adjourning the case until July 3rd 2013.