- Nigerian Senate has been sued for planning to buy N6b worth of cars
- The plaintiffs urged the court to restrain, prevent and stop the National Assembly Service Commission from paying or releasing the budgeted sum
- Going further, the plaintiff also want the court to declare that the decision was in breach of Section 57 (4) of the Public Procurement Act 2007
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), BudgIT and Enough is Enough (EiE), and some other concerned Nigerians have dragged the Senate before the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos over plan to spend N5.550 billion on vehicles for its principal officers.
The plaintiffs urged the court to “restrain, prevent and stop the National Assembly Service Commission from paying or releasing the budgeted sum until the downward review of the amount proposed by the Senate.”
Going further, the want the court to declare that the decision was in breach of Section 57 (4) of the Public Procurement Act 2007, Paragraph 1, Code of Conduct for Public Officers (Fifth Schedule Part 1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Oath of Office (Seventh Schedule) of the constitution.
Guardian reports that the plaintiffs argued that spending “such a huge sum on luxury cars for the lawmakers was unjust and unfair, as it negates the constitutional oath of office made by members to perform their functions in the interest of the well-being and prosperity of Nigeria and its citizens, as contained in Seventh Schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).”
They also asked “what is the economic value and contribution of the vehicles sought to be purchased to the grand scheme of Nigeria’s economy? What are the parameters used the interest of the well-being and prosperity of Nigeria and its citizens as contained in the Seventh Schedule of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) to arrive at cost efficiency and value for money in the decision to purchase the vehicles? Where are the vehicles purchased by the eighth Senate?”
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that thefor lawmakers. The presiding officers in the Senate held a meeting on Wednesday, August 14, to discuss the procurement.
Legit.ng had also reported that the resolve by the ninth Senate to purchase SUV for all the 109 senators amounting to N5.5 billion was decried by a group known as Advocates for Right Leadership Association.
The group, also known as Believers in Politics (BIP) in a statement on Wednesday, August 28, refered to the constraint in Nigeria.
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