Registered trustees of the Niger Delta Youth Forum have filed a go well with on the Federal High Court, Abuja, looking for the dissolution of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The plaintiffs, Itoldem Daghware, Bishop Chuck Johnson and Akinterinwa Julius, are contending that the committee’s inauguration by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, “is in flagrant abuse of the NDDC Act and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria because the IMC members presently composed of representation from five instead of the nine oil-producing states.”
The candidates filed the case on behalf of themselves as elders and group leaders/members of oil producing communities of Ilaje, Umuorji (Ohaji/Egbema) and Uhrobo within the Niger Delta area.
The respondents embrace the Attorney General of the Federation; the National Assembly; the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs; the NDDC; Prof. David Pondei; Dr. Cairo Ojougboh; Mr. Ibanga Bassey Etang; Mrs. Caroline Nagbo and Mrs. Cecilia Bukola Akintomide.
In the originating summons filed by their counsel, Ademola Dere and James Ode Abah on the weekend, the plaintiffs need the courtroom to find out whether or not by the provisions of the NDDC Act, the minister, on the order of the president, might appoint and represent the IMC of the NDDC.
They argued that the motion was “illegal, unconstitutional and a flagrant abuse of Section 2,7,9, 10 and 12(2), (3) of the NDDC Act (as amended). The claimants said they want the court to declare whether the “purported appointment of Prof. Pondei and others by the minister as members of the IMC was not alien to the provisions of Section 2,7,9, 10 and 12(2), (3) of the NDDC (Establishment, Etc) (Amendment) Act 2017.”
In addition, the trustees additionally need the courtroom to find out whether or not by the “appointment of the IMC members from five states and leaving four others with no representation was not discriminatory, unlawful, illegal, ultravires, unconstitutional and a flagrant abuse of relevant sections of the NDDC Act and Section 42 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).”
They additional requested the courtroom to declare whether or not by the “appointment of the IMC members on the premise of forensic exercise with portfolios and management of various departments of the NDDC was not an aberration of the constitutionally defined management and administrative checks and accountability as set in the NDDC Act, especially at Sections 2,9,10 and 12(2)(3) with no specified tenure of office and inauguration of the board of the commission.”
The plaintiffs subsequently prayed the courtroom to concern an order “restraining the Attorney General of the Federation, and the National Assembly from recognising, accepting and giving legal effect to the composition and selection of the IMC by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs as well as declaring the action as illegal and unconstitutional.”
The case is but to be assigned.