Sixteen elder statesmen and leaders of socio-cultural teams within the southern area of Nigeria, on Monday, dragged President Muhammadu Buhari earlier than the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja, alleging that the majority appointments because the inception of his administration in 2015 have been in breach of the 1999 Structure and the Federal Character Precept.
The plaintiffs, led by Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Dr John Nnia Nwodo, Dr Pogu Bittus, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Alaowei Bozimo, Mrs Sarah Doketri, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Air Commodore Idongsit Nkanga, alleged that the Southern area had been intentionally marginalized by the President Buhari-led authorities.
They’re additionally praying the court docket to, amongst different issues, decide whether or not it was not “reckless and hostile to the curiosity of Nigeria”, for President Buhari to acquire a mortgage facility from the Islamic Growth Financial institution, African Growth Financial institution, the World Financial institution, China, Japan, and Germany amounting to $22.7 billion (USD), for infrastructural growth, solely to allocate the majority of the fund to the Northern area.
They’re in search of a declaration that the mortgage facility purportedly for infrastructural growth (whereby lower than 1% of the quantity is to be allotted to the South East Zone of Nigeria for particular infrastructural growth) violates part 16 (1) (a) (b) and S16 (2) (a) (b) (c) of the 1999 Structure (as amended).
They urged the court docket to award N50billion towards the defendants to symbolize punitive, aggravated and exemplary damages to the constituents of the plaintiffs for the unlawful, wrongful discriminatory and unconstitutional acts dedicated by the first defendant towards the individuals of the plaintiffs’ states and geopolitical zones.
In the meantime, Justice Okon Abang has mounted July 10 to listen to the case, whilst he directed Chief Ozekhome (SAN), who represented the plaintiffs on Monday, to serve the court docket processes on all of the defendants.
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