By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJAâ€” Former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Akinlolu Olujinmi (SAN) yesterday, said the lawsuit instituted by the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, challenging the decision of former President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua to travel out of the country for medical attention without handing over powers to his Vice would continue in court notwithstanding his death.
He had battled with the ailment for almost six months with his absence from duty post without handing over to his vice, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, provoking law-abiding citizens to approach the court for intervention.NBA, under the leadership of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), was one of those that took the case to court.
Olujinmi is the lead counsel to NBA in the case.
He told Vanguard, yesterday, that the matter would not be withdrawn from court notwithstanding the death of Yarâ€™Adua whose absence from his duty post provoked the institution of the case in the first place.
According to him, â€œthe case should continue. The reason, being that, the case itself was not meant to attack the person of Yarâ€™Adua.
â€œIt was to protest against a situation where a president was travelling and he did not do what the constitution required him to do before he left to enable the vice-president assume acting presidency.
â€œThat situation may still happen at any time as long as we continue to run this constitution.
â€œFor instance, the current president, you never can tell what can happen, can also travel without handing over based on precedent. So, in that situation, what happens?
â€œIf an issue has arisen, what exactly does Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution say? That we need to make the court pronounce on it with a finality.
â€œIt will help our constitutional development. The matter is still alive. So, the case can go on.