A Federal High court sitting in Abuja will today decide whether or not to stop the House of Representatives from going ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan over 2012 budget implementation.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole reserved ruling for today after listening to an ex parte application brought by the National Chairman of African Liberation Party, (ALP) Dr. Emmanuel Okereke
The plaintiff’s lawyer, Alex Williams, had requested the court to grant an interim order restraining the leadership of the House from proceeding with the impeachment as it was capable of distracting the president from discharging his duties.
However, Justice Kolawole had said he needed time to study the processes to enable him deliver his ruling.
The plaintiff had named the Speaker of the House of Representatives,the House of Representatives’ the National Assembly, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice and President Goodluck Jonathan as co-defendants
Okereke had argued that the move to impeach the president from office for non implementation of 100 percent of the 2012 budget in July 2012 was heating up the polity.
Besides, he contended, the September deadline issued by the House for 100 percent implementation of the budget, which is three months earlier than the end of 2012 calendar year and six months from the end of the 2012 budget/fiscal year, was a disguise to cause political turmoil.