Salisa Zura is sued for maintaining two government offices, receiving double salary
Not all is well in the Forum of Legislators of the National Assembly as lawyer, Mr Joshua Okah, Senior Legislative Assistant to Member of the House of Representatives Mr Ben Igbakpa, dragged the President-elect Mr Salisa Zuru, first on trial on charges of containment two government agencies and wages deduction from them.
Okah accuses Zuru, who recently won the recent NASSLAF presidential election, for refusing to leave his former position as a board member of the National Orientation Agency before accepting a new appointment from SLA to Senator Sahabi Yau. representing Zamfara North.
In December 2017, President Major General Muhammadu Bukhari (retired) appointed 209 presidents and 1,258 members of the governing councils of departments, agencies, parastatals and corporations of the federal government, some of whom were later confirmed deceased prior to these appointments.
In a case filed with the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on October 26, 2020 under the number FCT / HC / BW / CV / 311/20, Okach joined other legislative aides who played various roles in the conduct of the elections. like the defendants.
These are Idris Ejima Aruva, Mon-Charles Egbo, Olusola Olugbani, Oyorokoto Ogeneruemu, Ndudi Nwagbara, Jackson Collins Ette, Haruna Abdullahi Kure, Bamidele Ajibola, Garbriel Garba Silas, Umar Garbuam and Garbshambried.
Among other comments, Okah is asking the court to issue an interim order directing Zuru to resign as president-elect and / or incumbent president of NASSLAF, pending a hearing and a decision on the motion following notice of the interim injunction. …
Okah also prays for a temporary restraining order to prevent the second to 13th respondents, as well as National Assembly Chancellor Olatunde Ojo, “from acting or taking further steps in connection with the NASSLAF presidential election. October 16, 2020, and / or the acceptance or further recognition of the 1st respondent / respondent (Zuru) as the elected President or President of NASSLAF, or otherwise invoked and / or issuing a new certificate of return to the 1st respondent / respondent. .. “
The complainant told the court: “The first accused is a senior legislative assistant appointed by the National Assembly Service Commission on the recommendation of Senator Alhaji Yau Sahabi on 27 August 2019, and he is currently also a member of the National Board of Directors. Leadership Agency appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on December 29, 2017. As a result of the above, he received remuneration from both offices, and the first respondent is a public official and is bound by the measurement provisions of the Civil Service Rules, 2009.
“The first accused to be elected President of NASSLAF in the election of delegates held on October 16, 2020, put himself in a position in which his personal interests as a senior assistant to the legislature appointed by the National Assembly Service Commission are in conflict with his duties and responsibilities. as a member of the Council of the National Orientation Agency appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and therefore, in the eyes of the law, has no right to participate and / or dispute the 2020 NASSLAF Elections. “
Yuka argued that the presidential election had been invalidated and should be canceled, adding that new elections should be held for the remaining presidential candidates.
The plaintiff in the affidavit to which he filed stated that after the NASC appointment, all legislative assistants, as part of their terms of appointment, are eligible for remuneration such as wages, the first 28-day benefit. in lieu of taking up housing, a severance pay of 300 per cent of the annual base salary at the end of each mandate and, in particular, training courses.
The SLA also noted that all 13 defendants received their salaries, excluding severance pay, and those who worked in the 8th National Assembly received all their contributions.
From the moment Zuru challenged the NASSLAF election, he has remained on the NOA board, he said. He also attached a copy of a letter from the NOA CEO’s office dated October 19, 2020, confirming the 1st defendant’s membership in the agency’s current board, as well as a photo taken by board members on April 5. , 2018.
The affidavit stated in part: “The first defendant deliberately refused, was unable and / or did not take the trouble to disclose the aforementioned facts of his membership in the NOA Council 2 thru 13, while testing everyone in his despair. If the first defendant had disclosed the relevant facts, he would not have been selected and / or authorized to participate in the NASSLAF presidential elections.
“NOA is in category“ B ”according to the classification of the board of directors of the parastatal federal states. Since the inauguration of the board of directors from 2008 to the present, the first respondent, as a member, has sat down four times, and the fifth meeting in 2020 was held practically due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first respondent received a reward from the agency. “
A NASSLAF member who is an assistant to one of the leaders of the National Assembly told our correspondent that many forum participants were offended by the way the elections were held. According to him, the election commission for the election of delegates is the equivalent of indirect primaries of political parties.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation, also said Zuru was the preferred candidate for the leadership of the National Assembly, which did not get along well with some members.
The aide said: “There are over 4,000 aides in the National Assembly, but only 48 delegates voted to appoint a new president. There is a division between the members. The situation has worsened since the filing of the lawsuit, as some members want Okah to bring the case to its logical conclusion, while others warn against escalating the case into a crisis. “
Source: – Punch ng