Court Orders National Assembly To Commence Impeachment Process Against Buhari
A court in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, has ordered the National Assembly to commence impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Justice Maurine Adaobi Onyetenu of the Federal High Court, Osogbo gave the order on Wednesday based on the suit filed by two Nigerians urging the court to enforce the National Assembly to impeach President Buhari.
The duo of Kanmi Ajibola and Sulaiman Adeniyi had recently written to both the lower and the upper chambers of the National Assembly on the need to impeach President Buhari, citing alleged constitutional breaches by the President and threatened that they would approach the court on the matter if the lawmakers failed to do so.
But when the lawmakers refused, they headed for court and filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Osogbo asking for an order of mandamus to compel both the Senate and the House of Representatives to start the impeachment proceedings of President Buhari.
In the suit, they hinged their arguments on four grounds.
In the motion ex-parte, the duo claimed that in flagrant violation of the 1999 constitution, President Buhari contested election, won and was sworn in as the President on May 29, 2015 without possessing the basic constitutional requirements, which would have made him qualified to contest the election.
They further alleged that the 4th respondent, which is President Buhari in flagrant violation of section 137 (1) (j) of the 1999 constitution presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the purpose of the 2015 presidential election that brought him to the office of the President
“In the light of the 4th Respondent’s placement to continue in the office as the president, he has no certificate and basic requirement upon which this placement to continue in the office can be placed.”
They also accused the President of treating the order of the court with a great disdain.
They also accused him of abusing the Federal Character principle as contained in Section 14 of the constitution.
Further hearing of the matter has been fixed to October 30th, 2018.
Ajibola, who is currently the chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ilesa branch, is a critic of Gov Rauf Aregbesola.
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