Lawyer Lacks Locus Standi To File Confab Suit – FG
By admin On 1 Apr, 2014 At 06:37 AM | Categorized As News | With 0 Comments

FalanaThe federal government has told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that constitutional lawyer, Dr Tunji Abayomi, who dragged it to court to challenge the legal rights of President Goodluck Jonathan to convene the national conference has no locus standi to do so.

Abayomi had approached the court to challenge the powers of Jonathan to convene the conference, and prayed the court to declare it null and void.

At the court yesterday, the federal government, through its counsel, Mr Femi Falana (SAN) brought a Preliminary Objection to challenge the locus of the plaintiff to institute the suit.

They also submitted that there is no cause of action in the suit because the president has constitutional power to convene the confab.

The FG further submitted that the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

The plaintiff had prayed the court to hear both the objection and originating summons together.

The presiding judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati granted the order.

Meanwhile, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the Senate President were not represented in court and did not file any response.

Abayomi had informed the court that the trio of national conference leadership, Justice Legbo Kutigi, Prof Bolaji Akinyemi and Mrs Valeri Azinge, had been served with the court papers.

The court later adjourned till May 8 for hearing.

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