Thursday, 6 March 2014
Confab: Lawyer Sues Jonathan
A Constitutional lawyer, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to stop the federal government from going ahead with the proposed national conference.
The plaintiff, in the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/ 167/204 and dated March 3, 2014 argued that the President does not have the power to convoke or convene a national conference without a law backing it from the National Assembly.
Joined as defendants in the suit are the Attorney-General of the Federation, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
In the suit, the plaintiff asked the court to determine whether a national conference can be convened by the President and/or government of Nigeria without a law made by the National Assembly enabling them to do so.
In the affidavit in support of the suit deposed to by Mr. Patrick Bisong, a litigation clerk in the office of the plaintiff, the plaintiff said that the federal government had planned to spend billions of public money to fund the conference despite the absence of any law enabling the President to convoke the conference and notwithstanding the limited power vested in the President to use money to execute law or authorise national idea.
He prayed the court to restrain the federal government from going ahead with the conference adding that if they are not restrained, billions of tax payers money will be spent unconstitutionally.
He further argued that the President is working with deliberate speed to convene the conference.
He said that to settle the rights of the parties to the action, urgent attention to the cause of action was necessary.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the matter.