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Itsekiri Ethnic Nationality, the federal government has warned against inaugurating the screened chairman and board members of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, despite a persistent court order prohibiting FG from doing so.

Recall that a federal high court sitting in Abuja has ordered parties in a lawsuit brought by Itsekiri Ethnic Nationality against the National Assembly to proceed with the screening of the NDCC board candidates.

But despite the order, the Senate continued to screen and confirm the nominations of Ms. Lauretta Onochie, as NDDC chairperson, Samuel Ogbuku as the commission’s chief executive, along with other nominees.

Ethnic nationality of Itsekiri, represented by Edward Ekpoko, Mr. Edward Omagbemi and Victor Wood, contesting in the lawsuit that Onochie hails from the Onicha-Olona community in the Aniocha North Local Government Area of ​​Delta State, a non-oil and gas-producing area, while , Ogbuku, was forwarded as MD, NDDC board is from Bayelsa State, and in violation of an established rotation scheme in accordance with NDDC law.

Meanwhile, counsel for the plaintiffs, Ama Etuwewe, SAN, in a petition to the Attorney General of the Federation, warned of the consequences of continuing to inaugurate the screened NDCC board members despite the court order: “Our clients have done all that is required of them by presenting their grievances against the executive and legislative arms of government for judicial consideration and decision, it behooves these arms of government to resist the urge to defy the judiciary and even the judicial process by refraining from conduct that leads to nugatory issues being brought to court by our clients.

“The attendant implications for the faith and belief of the common man are appalling and would almost be mitigated if the executive and legislatures of government continued to work to strengthen the fabric and fibers of the judicial process upon which true democracy is anchored. , to destroy; trying to restore the judiciary and this certainly does not bode well for the rule of law when a precedent of executive and legislative disregard for court orders is so easily displayed with impunity just before the upcoming general election.

“Having fought to ensure peace and stability in the country, it would clearly run counter to the objectives of this government of which you are a major player, if only because of a refusal to await the judicial process and after to live. Executive has worked for the past seven years translates to nothing.

“We firmly believe, taking into account the judicial authorities mentioned above, that as the Chief Law Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a strong supporter of the rule of law, you will not advise the President in any way and indeed the Minister of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, to proceed with the inauguration of Ms. Onochie and Ogbuku on January 4, 2023, as Chair and MD of the NDDC respectively and or to concretize their positions, pending the outcome of the arbitration process already set by our clients initiated.”

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