Court tells Clark, others to include NASS in suits challenging Buhari, others

Court tells Clark, others to include NASS in suits challenging Buhari, others

- The suit challenging the federal government's alleged lopsided appointment is still pending in court

- Justice Okon Abang has directed the plaintiffs to include NASS in the lawsuit which has President Muhammadu Buhari as the first defendant

- The lawsuit was filed in October 2020 by aggrieved southern leaders including Edwin Clark, Ayo Adebanjo, Pa Reuben Fasoranti and others

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The National Assembly has been included in a suit filed against the federal government by some southern leaders challenging what is termed as "lopsided appointment" by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The inclusion was according to the order given by Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, November 18.

In the suit also challenging the alleged discrimination in the externally obtained loans to infrastructure development, Justice Okon directed that the NASS should be added as the fifth defendant. gathers that the suit has President Buhari and three others as defendants, with the presiding judge also mandating that the plaintiffs amend their processes to reflect the inclusion of the two legislative arms of the country.

National Assembly joined in suit against Buhari’s ‘lopsided jobs’
The court wants NASS to be included in the lawsuit filed in October 2020 by aggrieved southern leaders including Edwin Clark. Credit: PM News
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It would be recalled that in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/595/2020 which was filed on October 2, by aggrieved Nigerians including Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Alaowei Bozimo, Mrs Sarah Doketri, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife dragged the federal government to court.

The plaintiffs, which also included Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Prof Julie Umukoro, Elder Stephen Bangoji, and others claimed that the Buhari-led government did not follow the principle of the federal characters in its appointments.

The case has since been adjourned till January 28, 2021, for hearing after the defendants appealed to the judge to grant an extension of time to respond to the allegation.

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Meanwhile, the Yoruba leaders have demanded equal treatment of the nation and urged President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that Nigeria is brought back to true federalism to avert a crisis like the one witnessed during the EndSARS protest.

The resolution was made on Sunday, November 8, via a 13-point communique released when the Yoruba leaders including monarchs and ministers from the southwest region met in Lagos.

While backing the growing call for restructuring, they also concluded that corporate existence is the only way to foster the unity of Nigeria and explore its diversity for greatness.

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