Court To Rule On Case Stopping Buhari From Inaugurating Ministers

Court To Rule On Case Stopping Buhari From Inaugurating Ministers

By News Agency of Nigeria on August 14, 2019
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, will on Monday, August 19, 2019, deliver its judgement in a suit seeking to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from inaugurating his Ministers.

Musa Baba-panya, the applicant who was also the counsel in the case, had, on Thursday, August 15, 2019, approached the court with an exparte motion, asking the court to stop the president from going ahead with the inauguration.

He is asking the court to stop the President from going ahead with the inauguration until he appoints a native of FCT in his cabinet.

NAN reports that President Buhari would, next week, inaugurate the 43 Ministers-designate earlier confirmed by the Senate on August 21, 2019.

According to Panya, “the 43 confirmed ministerial appointees now awaiting swearing-in or inauguration as the Federal Executive Council is incomplete, illegal, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”

He, therefore, prayed the court to “compel the President to immediately appoint an indigene of FCT, Abuja as Minister of the federation.”

He also want the court to grant an interim injunction “restraining the president from inaugurating the ministers-designate” pending the final determination of the suit.

“Despite the fact that President Buhari presently has 43 ministerial-designate, he was yet to meet ‘the minimum requirement of the constitution which is at least one minister each from the 36 states including FCT, making a total of 37’”, he said.

Taiwo Taiwo, a judge therefore, ordered that the suit should commence during the vacation period of the court and adjourned the matter until August 19, 2019, for ruling.

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