JUST IN: Court Orders National Assembly To Begin Impeachment Process Against Buhari

By Ikenga Chronicles July 4, 2018

A Federal High Court, sitting in Osogbo, the Osun state capital has ruled that the National Assembly can commence impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The court gave the ruling on Wednesday based on the suit filed by Kanmi Ajibola, a lawyer, Kanni Ajibola, and a Human Rights activist, Sulaiman Adeniyi.

They claimed that Buhari violated the 1999 constitution having emerged as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 29th day of May 2015 without possessing the basic constitutional requirement.

The plaintiffs alleged that Buhari presented a forged certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the 2015 election.

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“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.

“The 4th Respondent on the 29th day of May 2015, took an oath of office, among others, to the effect that, he would rule in accordance to and protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, particularly section 14 (2) (b) which stipulates that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.

“On the contrary, the 4th Respondent has proved to be unable to guarantee the security of lives and properties of the citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in fulfilment of his oath of office. The herdsmen killings of the innocent citizens under the 4th Respondent have been uncountable, unbearable and unprecedented ,overheating figures in the globe.

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“The 4th Respondent in contravention of due process and sections 80 and 81 of the 1999 constitution spent about $496 Million on the purchase of Tucano Jets without the approval of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as required by the law.

“The 4th Respondent ordered to be withdrawn, money from the public fund of the Federation without the approval of the National Assembly or the authorization of its act and same used for the purchase of Tucano Jets.

“The 4th Respondent has committed several impeachable offences, that is, gross misconduct.

“By the provision of section 143 of the 1999 constitution, the 1st to 3rd Respondents (The Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly) have the statutory duty to impeach the 4th Respondent as the president and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, on gross misconduct.

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“The 1st to 3rd Respondents have closed their eyes to the gross misconduct of the 4th Respondent.

“Can the conduct of the 4th Respondent, particularly on the presentation of a forged certificate, be condoned in America or Great Britain unchecked?

“Can the 4th Respondent continue to benefit from his act of forgery and infraction of the constitution?

“Definitely, an American president cannot be genuinely accused of presentation of a forged certificate and still be allowed to continue as the president, likewise the Prime Minister of Great Britain”, they noted.

Barrister Ajibola urged the court that he was of the view that the National Assembly must perform its constitutional duties without fear or favour.

The Judge in her ruling ordered, “that the National Assembly being the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents commence the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari”.

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