By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJAâ€”A Federal high court sitting in Abuja yesterday stayed proceedings, indefinitely, in a suit seeking to oust Imo State Governor, Ikedi Ohiakim from office.
The trial high court judge in the case, Justice Adamu Bello, came to the decision in deference to the Supreme Court which is already seized of the facts of the case.
Justice Bello said he would hands off the suit until the panel of justices of the Supreme Court had heard and determined the pending appeal on the subject matter of the case before him.
â€œIn view of the fact that application for stay is not being challenged by any of the parties and the appeal before the Supreme Court has been fixed for hearing, I feel inclined to stay further hearing in this matter until the appeal before the apex court is disposed of.
â€œParties are at liberty to come to the court and inform it when the matter has been heard and determined,â€ Justice Bello said yesterday.
The judge had also directed counsel in the matter to file their written addresses within 21 days while reply brief should be filed within seven days after the receipt of service.
Counsel to Agbaso, Patrick Ikwueto, SAN, had in his submissions told the court that it would be improper for them to ask the court to go on with the matter since it has been fixed for hearing by the apex court.