By: Valentine Adese
With the reopening of the application for a stay of proceedings by the Plateau State Government and 3 others in suit No. PLD/J50/15, filed by one, Gajere Clement Darong and 270 others, challenging their sack by the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration led by Governor Simon Lalong, at the Court of Appeal, the fate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Councilors, seems to be politically hanging.
You would recall that the Plateau State High Court had adjourned the matter to today, 9th February, 2016, for hearing, after refusing to grant the application for stay of proceedings filed by the State Government in its ruling of 3rd February, 2016, for lack of valid appeal.
During the hearing of the matter today, Counsel to the Plateau State Government, told the Court that they have approached the Court of Appeal with the same application for stay and that the state government has also initiate a settlement process with the plaintiffs hence, they cannot proceed on the matter.
He said, “My lord, following this court’s ruling on the stay of proceedings, we have applied for same at the Court of Appeal. The Motion, No. CA/J38M/2016 is now pending. A copy of the Motion has been served on the registrar of the court.
“In this circumstance, we cannot proceed with the hearing, in order for the defendants to exercise their right to appeal the ruling of this court and also commence the settlement process initiated.”
Although the Counsel to the plaintiffs objected, the presiding Judge, Hon. Justice David Mann, granted the request of the defendants.
Justice Mann said: “The Court cannot proceed with the hearing of the matter after been aware of this process. The adjournment sort is granted for the defendants to pursue the appeal and settlement.”