Adamawa state : Ngilari sworn-in as governor

Adamawa state : Ngilari sworn-in as governor

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 8:46 pm

Nnamdi Felix / Abuja

Following the orders of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a federal high court siting in Abuja earlier today, Mr. Bala James Ngilari, the former deputy governor of Adamawa state under the impeached former governor Murtala Nyako, has been sworn into office as the governor of the state.

The acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ambrose Mammadi, swore Mr. Ngilari in just hours after the orders of the court which also sacked the acting governor of the state, Umar Fintiri.

Similarly, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has also complied with the Court’s orders and have cancelled the governorship bye election scheduled for Saturday, 11th October.

That election will no longer hold as Mr. Ngilari will complete the tenure of the former governor with whom he was elected for a four year term of office in 2011 which will end in May, 2015.

In his address after taking oath of office, Ngilari said he would run an open, transparent and all-inclusive government.

” In this regard, I invite other arms of government, in particular the legislature and judiciary, not forgetting the civil service, to join hands with me to achieve these noble goals.

” As a party man and a team player, I pledge my unalloyed support and loyalty to our great party and Mr president, ” Ngilari said.

He described his emergence as an act of “God who gives power to who ever He chooses”.

” We acknowledge the divine power of God in all that happened. The holy books of both religions subscribe to the fact that power belongs to God and He gives it in trust to whosoever he wills,” Ngilari.

Many dignitaries, comprising those of PDP and APC, graced the swearing in ceremony.

In his first official function, the governor announced the appointment of Mr Chubado Tijjani as his Chief of Staff.

Ngilari’s former boss, Murtala Nyako was impeached by the House of Assembly on 15 July, amidsts claims that his unimpeached deputy had resigned.The court had now ruled that Ngilari did not resign properly.

Ngilari also did not follow Nyako to join the APC. Both were elected on the platform of PDP in April 2011.

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