Umar Ardo drags Buhari to court for Honoring MKO Abiola, others

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Adamawa State and political ally of former Vice President, Atiku Abubaka, Dr. Umar Ardo, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside the posthumous national honours conferred on the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, the late Chief M.K.O Abiola, and human rights activist, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi.

Ardo, a former Special Assistant on Research and Strategy to Atiku Abubakar, also asked the court to strip Abiola’s running mate in the 1993 presidential election, Babagana Kingibe, of the national honour conferred on him.

Ardo filed his motion on June 14 seeking the nullification of the conferment of the honours as a follow-up to the main suit which he earlier filed on June 11 seeking to stop the investiture ceremony.

He had filed the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/609/2018, contending that “without the advice of the Council of State,” the President lacked the power to confer the national honours as planned.

He joined the President, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), as the defendants.

The President had on June 12 proceeded to posthumously confer the highest national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic on Abiola for the significant contribution of June 12, 1993 presidential election to Nigeria’s democracy.

But Ardo, through his lawyer, Doueyi Fiderikumo, filed his motion on June 14, seeking, “An order setting aside the conferment of national honours on the late Chief MKO Abiola, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe and the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN.”

As part of the grounds for the application, the plaintiff stated in an affidavit filed in support of the motion, “After the institution of the present suit, I served a letter on the defendants/respondents drawing their attention to the existence of the present suit and urged them to stay action on the conferment of honors on the trio of late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe and late Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, pending the hearing of the case before this court.

“I also served on the said defendants advance copy of the originating processes in the suit and the pending motion for interlocutory injunction along with the said letter.”

The case is yet to be assigned to a judge at the moment.

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