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NDDC: Court strikes out suit against Buhari

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out a suit instituted against President Muhammadu Buhari, Challenging what it described as lopsidedness in appointments into the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The Presiding Judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo held that the plaintiff, an Abuja-based businesswoman and NDDC stakeholder, Rita Ogbebor, has no legal right to institute the case.

Delivering judgement, Justice Ekwo held that Section 2 of the NDDC Act, 2000, was specific that any legal action on any infraction in matters relating to NDDC can only be instituted by corporate persons and not individuals like the plaintiff.

The judge held that the law was clear that the power to file any case to challenge infractions in the NDDC cannot be delegated by proxy to anyone.

The plaintiff had prayed for an order compelling the President to appoint an Itsekiri indigene from oil-producing areas of Delta State as the Managing-Director of the NDDC.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor