Court Threatens LG Boss With Contempt

Worried over the consistent refusal of the Chairman of Langtang North LGA of Plateau State Hon. Bitrus Zulfa Rimven to obey Court order, the State High Court sitting in Langtang has served him notice of consequence of disobedience of Court order.

It will be recall that the Plateau High Court sitting in Langtang last year nullified the primary election conducted by the All Progressive Congress, (APC) that saw the emergence of the Chairman Barr. Bitrus Zulfa Rimven as its candidate for Langtang North Local Government in the purported 9th October, 2021 Local Government elections in the state.

Hon. Nankar Shagaya in a suit challenging the election of Hon. Zulfa Rimven in court seeking the order of the court to nullify the primary election which he said lacked due process.

The notice of consequence of disobedience of Court Order said unless the Chairman obey the orders as contained in the judgment of his Lordship Hon Justice ND Shaseet of High Court of Justice holding in Langtang, he will be guilty of contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.

Justice Shaseet in his judgment said that the nomination of the 2 defendants (Rimven) by the 1 defendant (APC) to the 6 defendant (PLASIEC) as it candidate is hereby declared null and void, that, the election of 2nd defendant on the 9th October, 2021 and his subsqeuent swearing in as Chairman of Langtang North LGC on the 11th October,2021 is equally declared null and void.

He further said the 6th defendant (PLASIEC) is hereby ordered to withdraw the certificate of return issued to the 2nd defendant upon his purported election on the platform of the APC as there was no valid primaries of the 1st defendant to have produced the 2nd defendant as it’s candidate for the general election which was held on the 9th October, 2021.

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He also ordered that the 2nd defendant should not parade himself as the chairman of Langtang North LGC, his election having been premised on a null primary election conducted on the 23rd June, 2021 adding that failure, he will be guilty of contempt of court, and will liable to be committed to prison.

Also upon consideration of motion exparte after hearing LT Dangle counsel for the judgment creditor applicant the court ordered that leave is granted to the judgment creditor/applicant to serve the respondent contemnors with form 48 and all other court processes in this suit by substituted means of service.

This according to the order includes by pasting same at the entrance gate of Langtang North LGC secretariat and office building of Chairman of Langtang North LGC Plateau State being the last known office address of the respondent/contemnor.

It further ordered that the return date for the hearing shall be the 7th February 2022.


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