Embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has taken his protest against his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the court. Tambuwal Friday sought a restraining order at a Federal High Court in Abuja against the PDP, its National Chairman, Adamu Muazu; Deputy Speaker of the House, Emeka Ihedioha, Inspector-General of Police, Sulaiman Abba, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the Attorney-General of the Federation. Tambuwal prayed the court to restrain the respondents from removing him as speaker. He averred that he was a member of the New PDP faction, which merged with the All Progressives Congress, APC, last November. Tambuwal contended that by virtue of his membership of the splinter group, he became a member of the APC. He insisted that the PDP is still factionalised in his home state, Sokoto, prompting his defection.
Tambuwal stated that “all efforts to harmonise the factions of the PDP in my home state in Sokoto has failed… (and) my membership of the 2nd plaintiff was based on the circumstances in my home state.”
He deposed in his affidavit that the respondent have threatened to declare his seat vacant for reason of dumping the PDP, therefore wants the court to perpetual bar them doing so until his term as a member expires on June 5, 2015. The court is to also prevent INEC from accepting nomination of candidates or organise a bye-election to replace him or take over his seat as speaker. On the withdrawal of his security detail, Tambuwal asked for a mandatory order to the IGP and AGF to restore his security keepers and all other perks of his office as speaker. He is asking the court to also declare as unconstitutional and illegal any action by the third respondent to declare his seat vacant.