|•Prosecuting counsel Ola Olanipekun (SAN)|
Sixteen Local Government Chairmen in Ekiti State
have sued the Attorney General of the Federation and Governors of the 36
states over the approval of the sum of $1billion from the Excess Crude
Account of the Federation for the fight Boko Haram insurgency.
They have demanded an order of injunction restraining the Federal
government and the 36 states governors, their agents, servants, privies,
representatives in interest, howsoever called and by whatsoever name
designated, from giving effect to the appropriation and/ or approval of
appropriation of the sum of $1 billion or any other sum whatsoever, from
the Excess Crude Account of the Federation.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1264/17, the council chairmen asked the
Abuja division of the Federal High Court to declare the approval of the
sum of $1 billion by the 36 state governors as unlawful and therefore,
null and void.
The suit which was filed on Tuesday at the registry of the court by
counsel to the plaintiffs, Ola Olanipekun (SAN) also listed the Revenue
Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission as a defendant.
The Council Chairmen also asked the court for a declaration that they
are entitled to full share of all revenue accrued and accruable to the
Federation Account and the Federation Excess Crude Account or any other
Account whatsoever operated by and for the Federation of Nigeria,
including the sum of $1,000,000,000 (which was purportedly approved for
the expenditure of the Federal Government by the 1st-37th defendants at
the 83rd, National Economic Council meeting of December 15, 2017, in
accordance with section 162 of the 1999 constitution and the provisions
of Allocation of Revenue (Federation Account) Act.
The Chairmen include: Deji Ogunsakin (Ado LGA); Bola Alonge (Ikere
LGA); Lanrewaju Omolase (Ekiti South West LGA); Dapo Olagunju
(Irepodun/Ifeelodun LGA); Samuel Adeniyi (Ekiti East LGA); Olumide
Falade (Ise/Orun LGA); Sade Akinrinmola (Gbonyin LGA); Tayo Ogundare
(Oye LGA); Chief Ayodeji Arogbodo (Ido/Osi LGA) and Taiwo Oguntuase
Others are: Kolawole Omotunde (Ekiti West LGA); Bolaji Jeje (Efon
LGA); Adesola Adeyanju (Ikole LGA); Ganiyu Bakare (Ilejemele LGA);
Adeniyi Adebayo (Moba LGA) and Abiodun Dada (Ijero LGA).
The suit which is yet to be assigned to any judge for adjudication is
supported by a 14-paragraph affidavit deposed to by Everest Igweokolo, a
litigation executive in the law firm of Ola Olanikpekun. (Channels TV)