Wednesday, 16 July 2014

APC sues Jonathan to court over soldiers’ deployment during polls

THE All Progressive Congress (APC) has dragged President Goodluck Jonathan to a Federal High Court in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, where it is seeking an order restraining the president from deploying soldiers to Osun State during the August 9th governorship election. Joined in the suit number FHC/L/CS/1108/14 is the Attorney- General of the Federation. According to the originating summons filed by M.A. Banire & Associates, the legal chamber of the National Legal Adviser of the APC, Dr. Muiz Banire, the suit was brought pursuant to Order 3, Rules 1, 6 and 9 of the FHC (civil procedure) Rules 2009; Sections 217 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. The party is contending that by provisions of the 1999 Constitution, it is ultra vires for the president to deploy members of the Armed forces to Osun state for the election. Besides, the party is also asking the court to grant its reliefs, including costs of filing the suit should the two defendants: President Jonathan and AGF fail to enter an appearance within the next 30 days.

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