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Fintiri Appeals Judgement, Refuses To Vacate Government House

by Oluwatosin Fatoyinbo

Former Acting Governor of Adamawa state, Alhaji Umar Fintiri has said that he has appealed the judgement of the Federal High  Court presided over by Justice Ademola Adeniyi.
Fintiri made this known through his lawyer, Bayo Ojo (SAN)
Ojo said “I can confirm that we have the instruction of our client the Acting Governor of Adamawa State, to appeal the said judgment and we have immediately filed the appeal.
“We have in addition filed a motion for stay of the orders of the court pending appeal.
“The implication of this is that the orders of the court cannot be complied with until the appeal process is disposed of. This is the position of the law as the law allows anyone who is challenging an order of a court not to obey such order until his constitutional right of appeal is exhausted. This is to forestall a situation where a fait accompli will be foisted on the appeal court.
“While we disagree with the reasoning of the learned judge because the whole world knew that the former Deputy Governor did actually
resign through his two letters of resignation to the Speaker and the former Governor separately, we shall out of respect for the court not want to comment on the merits of the case. We are however confident that justice shall prevail at the end of the day.”
Meanwhile, according to reports gathered by The Punch that Umar Fintiri has refused to vacate the government house despite the swearing in of Mr Bala Ngilari.
Mr Ngilari who was sworn in today promised to have an open government. And that he supports the PDP and the President Goodluck Jonathan

It remains unclear at this time if Fintiri has moved out of the Government House

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