NigerianÂ Bar Association (NBA)Â yesterday asked the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to tell Nigerians who is in charge of the country since President Umoru Yarâ€™Adua went forÂ medical without handing over to his vice, Goodluck Jonathan.
The NBA, reacting toÂ the statement credited to the National LegalÂ Adviser of the, Chief Olusola Oke that it was playing politics with the health of President Umoru Yarâ€™Ardua as â€œa diversionary tacticsâ€, said PDP should â€œ addressÂ the main issue of who is really the captain of this ship because as stated inÂ the affidavit before the court NBA, has on many matters affecting public interest been speaking on behalf if its members and the public through its president.
The subject of this action has generated so much public discourse being a matter having to do with the peace, order and good governance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Nigerian lawyersÂ are also stakeholders in this project called Nigeria.â€
The statement signed by the Assistant National PublicityÂ Secretary of NBA, Gbolahan Gbadamosi, Oke was quoted to have voiced the objection of his party to the recent legal stepÂ taken by NBA asking the Federal High Court, Abuja to determine whether it is right for the President to be out of the country for over one month without communicating to the National Assembly and not handing over to the Vice-President.
â€œFor avoidance of doubt the decisionÂ to instituteÂ this actionÂ Â was taken after due consultation with members of the association contrary to Okeâ€™s insinuation,â€the NBA noted.
The association further statedÂ that, â€œthe new suit does not have Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the only plaintiff.
Incorporated Trustees of Nigerian Bar AssociationÂ and General Secretary of NBA, Ibrahim Eddy Mark are co- plaintiffs.â€
NBA contended that , â€œAtÂ what point can NBA be said to be playing politics with Yarâ€™Arduaâ€™s health as if Vice-President Jonathan Goodluck who should be the Acting President if Yarâ€™Ardua has obeyedÂ the 1999 constitution he swore to protect is not a member of the so called largest party in Africa-PDP?â€
â€œChief Olusola Okeâ€, NBA added , â€œshould take timeÂ to dust his knowledge of law in order to be abreast of new development in the legal profession. If he has done this, he would have known that with the convocation of the 2009 Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure)Rules the obnoxious issue of locus standi has been expanded in the area of public interest litigation to include organisationsÂ like NBA.â€