A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, has barred the lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from reconvening the House of Representatives from recess. Justice Ahmed Ramat Muhammed asked plaintiffs and respondents to maintain status quo until the matter is heard on Friday, 7 November. House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal adjourned the House till 3 December after announcing his defection to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, which did not go well with the PDP. The media has also reported plots by the PDP to reconvene the House in a covert move to impeach the speaker.
Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila and other APC lawmakers decided to sue their PDP colleagues, asking for a restraining order against their intended action. According to the House Rules, only the principal officers could meet, agree and convey a notice for reconvening the House to the Speaker, who has a discretion to either accept or not.