When the matter came up, counsel for the APC, Gani Arobo, told the court that there were similar cases before other courts and asked for all to be consolidated. Arobo contended that in such a situation, all the cases had to be brought together to be heard by one judge. But the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, said he had no such power to ask for files from other judges. He advised Arobo to write the Chief Judge of Federal High Court to cause the action. However, counsel for the plaintiffs, Godwin Haruna, opposed the moves, arguing that it was a delay tactics. Haruna submitted that the case was adjourned till Thursday for hearing, which should be done. He said there was no evidence before the court that there were other suits seeking the same reliefs of the instance case before other courts. “In the circumstance, we ask for a short date for the second defendant to bring before this court all pending applications and other suits seeking same reliefs as this case, to guide this court.” Justice Mohammed said it was not in the interest of anybody for the case to go on, warning that if the case was handled improperly, it would be the judiciary that would be ridiculed. Mohammed held that the matter would be heard on the next adjourned date, except as directed otherwise by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court. The court adjourned till February 14.]]>
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