Olisa Agbakoba Sues Buhari For Holding Office Of Petroleum Minister


A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba has sued President Muhammadu Buhari for allocating the position of the Minister of Petroleum to himself.

Agbakoba, in his suit, wants the court to determine the constitutional qualification of Buhari to hold executive office as Petroleum Minister.

In a statement issued by his chambers, the lawyer argued that on the basis of section 138 of the Constitution, Buhari should be barred from taking any paid employment or holding the executive office of Minister of Petroleum Resources.

Agbakoba said, in any event, the President’s appointment as Minister of Petroleum Resources was not confirmed by the Senate of the National Assembly, as stipulated by section 147(2)of the constitution.

The affidavit supporting Agbakoba’s claim states that the determination of the questions is of vital national importance, in view of the governance crisis at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The court is yet to fix a date for a hearing of the matter.

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