Agbakoba drags Minister of Finance to court
Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights attorney, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has filed a suit against the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed at the Federal High Court, Lagos. The suit is to stop the allocation of public funds in the amount of trillions of naira to unelected LGA council officials.
According to Agbakoba, the basis of the suit is that Section 7( 1) of the 1999 constitution assures a system of democratically elected federal government councils.
He said that several local government council officials in the country assumed power not by election and their actions are not in allianze with the constitution of the country.
Consequently, Agbakoba claimed allotment of public funds to them is an infraction of the constitution, as there is collusion with state governments in the use of trillions of naira of public funds.
The case has raised issues on how unelected individuals now has unobstructed access to substantial month-to-month allocations that are really funds planned for democratically elected local government councils as assured by Section 7 of the constitution.
Dr Olisa Agbakoba made it clear that Nigeria operates democratically elected governments at every levels.
He said, “The current situation where most of the 774 local governments are unelected is not only unconstitutional but meant no development at the local government level”.
Dr. Agbakoba also noted that corruption prevails in Nigeria since unelected individuals that are not answerable to the electorate have collected trillions of naira meant for the public.