All isn’t properly inside the National Assembly Legislative Aides’ Forum as a legal professional, Mr Joshua Okah, who’s Senior Legislative Aide to a member of the House of Representatives, Mr Ben Igbakpa, has dragged the Chairman-decide on, Mr Salisu Zuru, earlier than a court for allegedly preserving public places of work and drawing salaries from them.
Okah is accusing Zuru, who these days gained NASSLAF’s recent chairmanship election, of refusing to stop his in advance function as a member of the board of the National Orientation Agency earlier than taking any other appointment as SLA to Senator Sahabi Ya’u, who represents Zamfara North.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), had in December 2017 appointed 209 chairmen and 1,258 individuals of the governing forums of departments, groups, parastatals and organizations of the Federal Government, a number of whom had been later confirmed to have died earlier than the appointments.
In the in shape filed inside the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on October 26, 2020, with Number FCT/HC/BW/CV/311/20, Okah joined other legislative aides who performed numerous roles inside the behavior of the election, as defendants.
They are Idris Ejima Aruwa, Mon-Charles Egbo, Olushola Olugbani, Oyorokoto Ogheneruemu, Ndudi Nwagbara, Jackson Collins Ette, Haruna Abdullahi Kure, Bamidele Ajibola, Garbriel Garba Silas, Umar Farouk Ahmed, Yakubu Shano Garba and Okwudili Nwankino.
Among other reliefs, Okah is praying the courtroom to issue an interim order directing Zuru to step apart as NASSLAF’s chairman-decide on and/or noticeable chairman, pending the hearing and determination of the movement on observe for interlocutory injunction.
Okah is likewise praying for an order of Interim injunction restraining the 2nd to 13th respondents, in addition to the Clerk to the National Assembly, Olatunde Ojo, from “acting on or taking similarly steps in respect of the chairmanship election of NASSLAF held on sixteenth October, 2020, and/or accepting or giving any in addition reputation to the 1st defendant/respondent (Zuru) as the NASSLAF chairman-elect or substantive chairman or otherwise but referred to as and/or issuing the first defendant/respondent a fresh Certificate of Return…”
The petitioner informed the court, “The 1st defendant is a Senior Legislative Aide appointed with the aid of the National Assembly Service Commission on the recommendation of Senator Alhaji Ya’u Sahabi on the twenty seventh of August, 2019, and additionally currently a member of the Board of National Orientation Agency appointed by way of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the twenty ninth of December, 2017. Sequel to the above, he has been receiving emoluments from both offices and the first defendant is a public servant and bound via the extent provisions of the Public Service Rules, 2009.
“It isn’t lawful for the first defendant to get hold of and/or be paid emoluments in admire of his office as Senior Legislative Aide appointed by means of the National Assembly Service Commission and on the equal time as a member of the Board of National Orientation Agency appointed by means of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The 1st defendant, who turned into elected as Chairman of the NASSLAF on the delegates election held on sixteenth October, 2020, has positioned himself in a role wherein his private hobby as Senior Legislative Aide appointed with the aid of the National Assembly Service Commission conflicts with his responsibilities and obligations as a member of the Board of National Orientation Agency appointed by means of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and, therefore, he is, in the attention of the regulation, not eligible to participate and/or contest inside the NASSLAF Election 2020.”
Ukah argued that the chairmanship elections were void and ought to be nullified, including that a fresh election need to be performed for the final chairmanship applicants.
The plaintiff, within the affidavit he deposed to, stated that upon appointment by way of the NASC, all legislative aides, as a part of their situations for appointment, are entitled to emoluments such as salaries, allowances’ price of first 28 days in lieu of lodging upon assumption of obligation, severance gratuity at the charge of three hundred according to cent of annual basic income for the of completion of each tenure, and trainings among others.
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