Gov’ship tus­sle: Lawyer wants Abia’s al­lo­ca­tions stopped

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By John Chuks Azu

An Abuja-based lawyer, Dar­ling­ton Ozu­rumba, has asked a Fed­eral High Court in Abuja to re­strain rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties from re­leas­ing fed­eral al­lo­ca­tion and other fund­ing for Abia State pend­ing the res­o­lu­tion of the gov­er­nor­ship cri­sis in the state.

In an orig­i­nat­ing sum­mons by his counsel, Anti Val Ig­boanusi, Ozu­rumba is con­tend­ing that un­der sec­tions 176 and 162 (6) of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion, “the Abia State joint ac­count with lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas for the Fed­er­a­tion Ac­count can­not be validly op­er­ated in the ab­sence of a con­sti­tu­tion­ally rec­og­nized gov­er­nor or chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer.”

Joined in the suit are the min­is­ter of Fi­nance, the Ac­coun­tant Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, the Rev­enue Mo­bil­i­sa­tion, Al­lo­ca­tion and Fis­cal Com­mis­sion and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion.

The ap­pli­cant wants the court to re­strain the re­spon­dents from mak­ing fur­ther re­leases of monthly al­lo­ca­tion from the Fed­er­a­tion Ac­count to Abia State pend­ing the time a valid and law­fully rec­og­nized gov­er­nor of Abia State is in of­fice.

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