THE G15 group of the Kogi State
House of Assembly has dragged
the state governor, G5 Legislators
and Minister of Finance to Federal
High Court in Lokoja over the 2016
Appropriation Bill.
The Legislators in their
originating summons sought the
court to nullify the purported
passage of the 2016 Appropriation
bill earlier assented by the governor.
The summons No: FHC/LKJ/
CS/31/16 signed by the newly
reinstated Speaker, Rt. Hon.
Momoh Jimoh, and 12 others
against Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam
and 5 other respondents, also
asked the court to declare that
the governor’s assent in the 2016
Appropriation bill was illegal and
Counsel to the plaintiffs, S. I.
Ibrahim Esq that filed the suit on
the 17th of May 2016, seeks on
behalf of his clients to determine
as to whether, “having regard to
the exercise of the power of the
National Assembly taking over
the functions of the state House of
Assembly pursuant to section 11 (4)
of the Constitution, the Kogi State
House of Assembly could carry on
any legislative bill and granting
approval for accessing bailout fund
or exercise any legislative powers
during the pendency of the said
National Assembly resolution.”
The lawmakers further sought the
relief of the honourable court to declare
that only the National Assembly of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria can
legitimately legislate for Kogi State
House of Assembly pursuant to the
takeover order on March, 16, 2016.
Others include a declaration by
the court that the Kogi State House
of Assembly Appropriation Law
2016 was illegal, null and void,
having been passed in violation
of the Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria.
Joining in the suit are the
Attorney-General of the federation,
Governor of Central Bank,
Accountant General of Kogi State
and Clerk of the Kogi State House
of Assembly.
It would be recalled that the
National Assembly had ordered
all pending legislative activities in
the Kogi Assembly, including the
2016 Budget, be forwarded to it for
onward deliberation.
The case has been adjourned to
June 21, 2016 for mention

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