Thursday, 5 July 2018

FG Reacts To Court Judgement Ordering President Buhari's Impeachment

The federal government reacted on Wednesday to a Federal High Court, ruling in Osogbo, the state capital of Osun, ordering the National Assembly to begin the impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari, reported The Independent.

Reacting, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who initially feigned ignorance of the decision, said that the presidency had not yet officially obtained the decision obliging the National Assembly to continue the impeachment process.

Mohammed, while answering questions from State House journalists on the sidelines of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council chaired by President Buhari, said: "I hear it for the first time, until the court informs us formally before you can react.

By legal procedure, the decision of the court is supposed to be served on the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami who in turn will inform the Presidency of Development.

Recall that Judge Maurine Onyetenu lambasted the order Wednesday, following a complaint filed by two individuals, Kanmi Ajibola, a lawyer and Sulaiman Adeniyi, a rights activist.

The duo had written to the lower and upper houses of the National Assembly on the need to dismiss President Buhari, citing alleged constitutional violations by the president and threatened to approach them (Ajibola and Adeniyi) if they (National Assembly) did not act accordingly.

But when the legislators failed to comply, the duo went to court and filed an action in the Federal High Court, Osogbo, asking for a warrant to compel the Senate and the House of Representatives to begin the impeachment proceedings. against the President.

In the lawsuit filed on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the Adeniyi and Ajibola articulated their arguments on four reasons why the National Assembly should dismiss the President.

In Motion Ex-parte, the duo claimed that in flagrant violation of the 1999 Constitution, President Buhari challenged the election, won and was sworn in as president on May 29, 2015, without possessing the basic constitutional requirements , who would have qualified to compete for the election.

They also alleged that the fourth defendant, who is President Buhari, in flagrant violation of Article 137 (1) (j) of the 1999 Constitution, submitted a false certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 2015 presidential elections that brought him to the president's office.

"In light of the placement of the 4th respondent to continue in office as president, he has no certificate and basic conditions upon which this placement to continue in the office can be placed," they had claimed.

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