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Court hears suit against national conference Tuesday

An Abuja Federal High Court will on Tuesday commence hearing on a suit which is challenging the constitutionality of the national conference.

In the suit, a lawyer, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, wants the court to stop the Federal Government from going ahead with the national conference.

President Goodluck Jonathan, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, SAN, the President of the Senate, David Mark, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, are the defendants in the suit.

Abayomi disclosed that the suit will come up before Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Abuja FHC in an SMS which he sent to our correspondent on Sunday.

The plaintiff said all the defendants have been served with the originating summons.

The SMS read, “Hearing on the constitutionality of the  National Conference begins on Tuesday 18th March, before Justice Kafarati at the Federal High Court, all parties including the President having been served.”

In the suit numbered FHC/ABJ/CS/ 167/204 and dated March 3, 2014, Abayomi argued that President Jonathan lacked the powers to convoke or convene a national conference without an authorizing legislation from the National Assembly.

The lawyer asked the court to determine whether a national conference could be convened by the President and/or Federal Government of Nigeria without an enabling law made by the National Assembly.

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