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8 lawyers ask court to void executive powers by Jonathan

By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJA—Eight lawyers,  yesterday, asked an Abuja Federal High Court to void all the executive decisions taken by the Vice-President Jonathan Goodluck-led Executive Council of the Federation.

Such decisions include award of contracts worth billions of naira, deployment of troop to quell the Jos crisis and general performance of presidential powers by Jonathan  under the guise that such powers were delegated to him.

The lawyers, led by Chief Nkereuwem Akpan, are inviting the court to nullify all the executive decisions taken by Jonathan between last November 23 when ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua was flown out of the country and February 9 when he assumed full presidential powers, arguing that  no power was  delegated to him to do all he did.

They said the outbursts of then Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Michael Aondoakaa (SAN), admitting that there was no vacuum in the Presidency between the period showed that no power was delegated.

Other lawyers who filed the suit are Abasumo Ekong-Bassey, Victor Nwadigo, Eremosele Imonitie Omo-Ojugo, Abayomi Famuyiwa, Phina Nkiruka Itumo, Daniel Osilama and Nwosu nna-Emeka.

Respondents in the case are Acting President Goodluck Jonathan; Senate President; Speaker, House of Representatives and the Attorney-General of the Federation.


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