Constitutional lawyer Prof. Benjamin Nwabueze (SAN) has advised the Presidency against preventing the National Assembly from exercising its constitutional power. The elder statesman was reacting to insinuations the Presidency plans to override National Assembly’s veto on sequence of elections.
He made this known in his paper titled: “Sequel to the disagreement between the National Assembly and INEC over the sequence or order of elections.”
Nwabueze said the consequences of the power to override, after it is exercised, are another matter, but the exercise of the power in the first instance cannot be stopped because of the possible consequences of exercising it.
He stressed that the course of action open to opponents of the exercise of the power (i.e. power to override the veto) is to lobby support in the Assembly to prevent the bill from being re-passed by two-thirds majority, and not to stop the National Assembly through court injunction.
“Not being a justiciable suit, the injunctive order issued by the court against the National Assembly is not a judicial decision, and is not binding on, or enforceable against the National Assembly; at best, it is an advisory opinion,” he noted.
BREAKING: Court Strikes Out Certificate Forgery Suit Against Obaseki
The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday struck out a suit seeking the disqualification of Governor Godwin Obaseki from contesting the forthcoming governorship election in the state for allegedly forging his university certificate.
The suit was filed on May 29, 2020, by Edobor Williams, Ugesia Godwin, and Amedu Anakhu, ahead of the governorship election scheduled to hold in Edo State on September 19.
Joined as respondents in the suit were the governors’ party, the All Progressives Congress, the Inspector-General of Police, and Obaseki himself.
But Justice Anwuli Chikere struck out the suit on Monday as neither the plaintiffs’ lawyers nor the defendants’ were present in court.
The plaintiffs alleged in the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/553/2020, that the University of Ibadan certificate which he attached to his Form CF.001 which he submitted to INEC for his first term election in 2016 was forged.
They argued that the governor’s educational information contained in Part C of the Form CF 001 which he submitted to INEC on July 12, 2016, and the first-degree certificate of Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies, said to have been obtained from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, was forged.
They contended that this was “contrary to the provisions of section 182(1)(i) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999”.
According to them, Obaseki was, therefore “not qualified to run or seek the office of Governor of Edo State under the platform of the 1st defendant (APC) in the governorship election scheduled to hold in the state in September 19, 2020”.
BREAKING: APC Dissolves NWC, Appoints Yobe Governor As Caretaker Committee Chairman
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, as Chairman Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Committee of the party.
This followed the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
NEC’s decision followed the recommendation of President Muhammadu Buhari.
More details later.
BREAKING: APC National Secretariat Sealed Again
For the second time this week, the National Secretariat of All Progressives Congress (APC) has been sealed off by Police operatives.
As early as 9 am, two Hilux patrol vans and two Peugeot 604 cars were stationed at strategic positions around the secretariat.
Party staff, who had arrived early, were asked to move out of their offices.
It was gathered that the seal off was at the instance of the Inspector General of Police.
The Commissioner for FCT Police Command was directed to ensure that nobody was allowed into the premises.
Hon. Victor Giadom led National Working Committee (NWC) on Tuesday got the Presidential backing to convene National Executive Committee(NEC) which holds today virtually from the Presidential Villa.
The Senator Abiola Ajimobi led NWC faulted the convocation of the NEC, which was described as illegal.
It said it won’t attend the NEC despite the expected presence of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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