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