Court Okays Fresh Legal Moves to Sack President Umaru Yar'Adua

Published on Thursday 4th March 2010

A Federal High Court in Abuja, Wednesday, okayed a request by former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr. Farouk Aliyu, to void the January 27 resolution passed by the Economic Council of the Federation, ECF, giving President Umaru Yar'Adua a clean bill of health.

The trial judge, Justice Adamu Bello, granted the applicant the permission to review the resolution following an ex-parte application brought and argued by his lead counsel, Mr. Bamidele Aturu, to the effect.

President Yar'Adua was wheeled out of Aso Rock last November 23, for medical attention in Saudi Arabia.

He is said to be suffering from acute pericarditis.

Since he was rushed out of the country last year, no one has seen or heard from him including all members of ECF.

Although, he was rushed back into the country February 24, this year, nobody including the Acting President Jonathan Goodluck had seen him neither had he been able to make any public appearance.

He himself had confessed through his aides that he was not capable to shoulder the burden of his office presently.

But without seeing him or having any information on the condition of his health, the members of ECF had, two times, passed a resolution to the effect that he was capable of governing the country.

The first resolution was passed last December 2, to frustrate the activation of the provision of Section 144 (2) of the 1999 Constitution while the second one was passed on January 27, to rubbish the order of the Abuja Federal High Court which directed that his health should be probed.

Both resolutions were passed without any access to the medical report on President Yar'Adua by the council peopled by those not recognised by the constitution.

Aliyu and the leader of the Nasarawa chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association NBA, Mr. Garum Gabbas, who approached the court to order EXCOF to pass a resolution, declaring Yar'Adua incapable of continuing governance in view of evident evidence of his incapability are contending that the order of the court was not complied with.



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