Nigeria PDP Considers Legal Action Against Asset Seizure Executive Order – Is A Military Law
President Muhammadu Buhari had recently signed an asset seizure executive order – PDP described the asset seizure Executive Order as total disregard to the provisions of 1999 constitution
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) On Friday, July 6, in Abuja, said it was considering a legal action against asset seizure executive order imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari. PDP in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan described the order as illegal, unconstitutional, reprehensible and a dangerous step towards a descent to fascism, Africa24hrs.com reports.
The party described the asset seizure executive order as total disregard to the provisions of 1999 constitution. “Already, our lawyers are considering a legal action against the Federal Government on the illegality of Mr. president’s action in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.’’
The party said that the Nigerian constitution did not, under any section, confer such fascist powers on the president under democracy. It said that there could be no legitimate latitude of interpretation placed on sections 5 and 15 (5) of the 1999 Constitution cited as justifications for the executive order.
PDP said that the president unilateral executive order was a travesty of justice and rule of law “as it vehemently seeks to hijack and usurp the powers of both the legislature and the courts’’. It added that the president also vest to take the power on himself in order to use it at will, as a political instrument, to haunt, traumatize, harass and victimize perceived political opponents.
“Mr president wants to change our democratic governance to a military regime, in line with his lamentation, two days ago, that the fight against corruption will be better under a military regime than under a democracy. “It is instructive to emphasize that the PDP is not in any way opposed to the fight against corruption. “Rather, the party holds that the imposition of this executive order, which is radically at variance with the provisions of the constitution, is totally unacceptable.