Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has initiated a lawsuit against Senate President Godswill Akpabio and nine other former governors who served in the 10th Senate. They are accused of collecting both salaries and pensions while serving as senators.
The lawsuit, filed in the Federal High Court in Abuja, also names the following individuals as respondents: Abdulaziz Yari, Aminu Tambuwal, Adamu Aliero, Adams Oshiomole, Ibrahim Gaidam, Seriake Dickson, Ibrahim Dankwambo, Aliyu Wammako, Gbenga Daniel, and Dave Umahi.
SERAP seeks several orders in the lawsuit, including one that directs and compels the accused to stop receiving salaries and pensions and return any allowances received to their respective state treasuries. They also seek clarification on whether the individuals have collected or are currently collecting salaries and assistance, as well as disclosure of the details and amounts of the allowances received.
Implications of the Lawsuit Against Former Governors
The lawsuit argues that the Nigerian Constitution requires former governors to stop receiving salaries and pensions and return any collected allowances. It also asserts that collecting salaries and assistance breaches their fiduciary duties and harms the public interest.
SERAP contends that such actions violate the UN Convention against Corruption, which requires public officials to discharge their duties truthfully and faithfully. The organization emphasizes the importance of public officials promoting integrity and responsibility in managing public resources.
The case highlights the issue of former governors receiving considerable severance benefits and pensions while holding public office as senators and ministers. SERAP argues that this practice contradicts the Nigerian Constitution and the public trust.
The lawsuit comes amid concerns over the economic challenges many Nigerians face and the removal of fuel subsidies, making the issue of double emoluments for former governors subject to public scrutiny.
The states reportedly implementing life pensions for former governors include Akwa Ibom, Abia, Edo, Jigawa, Niger, Kebbi, Kano, Ogun, Sokoto, Jigawa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Benue, Gombe, Yobe, Taraba, Kaduna, Plateau, Katsina, Rivers, and Delta.
The case seeks to address the issue of former governors receiving both pensions and salaries while holding public office. It aims to ensure compliance with constitutional provisions and international standards on public officials’ conduct.
Please note that no hearing date has been set for the case.
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