Stop Using Public Funds To Defend Yourself In Court – Supreme Court Warns Buhari

Supreme Court has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari for using public funds to defend himself in personal litigations.

The apex court criticised Buhari for using lawyers paid by government during his election tribunal hearings.

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The
Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate during the 2019
election, Atiku Abubakar, are challenging Buhari’s victory at the
election tribunal.

Also, Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy
El-Kuris, are challenging the candidacy of President Buhari as the
flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress during that exercise.

The
appellants claimed that President Buhari lied on oath in the form CF001
he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Abdullahi Abubakar, a senior lawyer at the Ministry of Justice, has been appearing for Buhari at the tribunal.

Justice
Mary Odili, while reading the unanimous ruling of the five-man panel of
the Supreme Court, questioned Abubakar’s appearance for Buhari, who was
sued as a private citizen and not in his capacity as President.

The
judge said when Bill Clinton, a former President of the United States,
was sued, HE USED his PERSONAL funds to defend himself in court.

Odili described the situation as a CONTRAVENTION of the provisions of the Code of Conduct for public officers.

The
court said, “The representation of Mr Buhari by the Senior State
Counsel of the Ministry of Justice in his personal capacity and not as
Nigerian President, is inappropriate.”

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