BY INNOCENT ANABA
Lagos lawyer, Mr Bamidele Aturu, yesterday, described as lawless plans by the National Coordinator of National Poverty Eradication Programme, NAPEP, Dr. Magnus Kpakol, to open the bid for the fourth phase of Keke NAPEP contract, despite a suit before a Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking to stop the agency from going ahead with the bid.
Aturu, in a statement, noted that “in line with the avowed commitment of the present administration to the rule of law, the least NAPEP should do in the circumstance would have been to respect the case in court by not going ahead with the bid, as available evidence suggests that he might have done so, which is in apparent disregard of the legal principle of Ojukwu Vs Lagos State Government
That principle states that when a matter is in court, parties should maintain the status quo.
Aturu pointed out that a matter had been duly filed in court and parties served, adding that it presupposed that the status quo ante should remain.
According to Aturu, “my greatest worry now is that despite our case which we filed in court, and the fact that the Attorney General of the Federation and Dr. Kpakol were served, to our utmost surprise, Dr. Kpakol and his team, according to available information at our disposal, have gone ahead with the bidding process.