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 against 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 Olanikpekun (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 (Emure LGA).
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.
Meanwhile the Ekiti state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has also demanded his state’s share of the fund.
Just read FG’s new position on the $1bn (N367bn) ECA fund that the fund is not only to fight Boko Haram, but for security issues in all the states.
Nigerians need a breakdown, state by state. Who is getting what and for what reason?
Most importantly, Ekiti wants its own share.
— Peter Ayodele Fayose (@GovAyoFayose) December 19, 2017
This comes days after the approval by governors of the 36 states, to withdraw the sum from the nation’s excess crude account sparked a debate about the government’s insistence that it had technically defeated Boko Haram.
While the PDP criticised the move, the APC however, stressed that it had nothing to do with politics and that infact 10 governors from the PDP were among those who supported the move, apart from Governor Fayose.