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Yar’Adua: Jonathan fights back, defends emergence as acting president

…begs court not to nullify his dissolution of cabinet

…As Abuja court summons lawmakers to defend suit

By Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA— Acting President Jonathan Goodluck  today asked a Federal high court sitting in Abuja to dismiss a fresh lawsuit by Hon Adamu Farouk Aliyu seeking to invalidate his emergence for want of competence.

Alternatively, he is inviting the high court to hold that the February 9, 2010 resolution by the National Assembly mandating him to perform full presidential powers was not only valid but was also passed for the good governance, order and peace of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dr Jonathan Goodluck made the request on a day the trial high court judge, Justice Adamu Bello, issued a fresh summons, inviting the House of Representatives to come to court to defend the suit by Hon Farouk challenging the validity of its resolution empowering Jonathan to act.

Justice Bello who issued the fresh summons said he would decide on the next adjourned date whether or not to hear and decide the preliminary objection brought by the Acting President challenging the locus standi of the plaintiff to institute the action in the first place or and roll it together with the substantive suit.


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