The Supreme Court has temporarily suspended Appellate Court’s decision to uphold the nullification of Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi’s election.
In its ruling on Thursday, the apex court ruled that the governor should remain in office pending the hearing of an appeal he has filed against the decision.
Led by Chief Justice David Maraga, the court said the decision is to avert a situation where the office of the governor will fall vacant pending the hearing of the case.
“It is averred that the Governor’s office is destined to fall vacant and to be occupied by the holder of the Office of the Speaker, on account of delay in hearing the applicants case on the merits disposing of it,” the judges ruled.
“Accordingly, we hereby make this order staying any and all actions bearing on the occupancy of the Governor’s office. The status quo shall not be disturbed pending the hearing and determination of the matter pending before the Supreme Court.”