Former governorship candidate on the platform of the Labour Party in Anambra state in 2010, Mr Imoyeto Ikeotuonye Tuesday threatened to drag President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly to court over alleged non declaration of assets by the president.
Speaking to reporters in Onitsha, Ikeotuonye said he had resolved to institute legal action against the duo for contravening section 140 of the 1999 constitution as amended if within seven days the President failed to declare his assets and liabilities.
Section 140 says, “ A person elected to the office of the President shall not begin to perform the functions of that office until he has declared his assets and liabilities as prescribed in this constitution and he has taken and subscribed the oath Allegiance and the oath of office prescribed in the seventh schedule of this constitution”.
“ I am giving President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly one week for Mr President to declare his assets and liabilities so that Nigerians would know. For Nigeria to be transformed for good, our leaders must begin to lead by example Nobody however lowly or highly placed is above the law of the land”, he declared.
He said the present security situation in the should not be used as an excuse by political office holders to contravene the constitution in a democratic dispensation.
Ikeotunye called on members of the lower and upper chambers of the National Assembly to advise the President wisely on the need for him to declare his assets in line with the constitution.
On the non conduct of local government election in Anambra state, the former governorship candidate appealed to governor Peter Obi to quickly prepare grounds for the conduct of council poll this year, describing as unfortunate the delay of the election for the past 13 years.
He said there was dire need for council poll because the existence of democratically elected chairmen in the local governments would make the grass root enjoy full blast democracy dividend.