By Funke Busari
Youth group under the umbrella of the Coalition for Youths of Oil Producing Communities Of Cross River State (COYOPACRIS) has approached the Federal High Court in Calabar seeking an injunction to stop the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) nominee from Cross River State, Rt Honourable Paul Andeshi Adah from being confirmed a commissioner representing the state on the NDDC board.
In a writ of summon obtained by thegazellenews.com, the plaintiffs: Prince Solomon Inameti, Chief Nsa Nsa, Mr Lawrence M.Essein and Mr Ernest E.Ene, are seeking for a court order on behalf of the group and themselves to stop the fourth defendant from being a nominee of the board.
The plaintiffs are seeking for: “A declaration that by the law regulating the appointment of persons to the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, the 4th respondent not being an indegene of an oil producing area In Cross River, is not qualified for nomination and/or appointment to the board of Niger Delta Development Commission to represent Cross River.
“A declaration that by the enabling legislation regulating the appointment of person sto the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, the nomination of the 4th respondent by 3rd respondent and the forwarding of the name of the 4th defendant to the 2nd defendant for confirmation and appointment to the board of NDDC is ultra-vires, the power of the 4th defendant lacking the requisite capacity prescribed by law.
“An Order of injunction restraining 4th defendant from screening, clearing ,passing approving or confirming the name of the 4th defendant for appointment to the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission.
“An Order of injunction setting aside the nomination or appointment of the 4th defendant by 1st and 3rd. Defendants to the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, President Goodluck Jonathan, had about a fortnight ago, requested the National Assembly to screen and confirm the new nominees of the NNDC board including Rt Hon Paul Andeshi Adah for appointment.
Adah is from Ogoja Local Government area of the northern part of Cross River State which is not an oil producing community.
He is the fourth defendant in the summon along side the Clerk of the Senate, Attorney General of the Federation and Attorney General of Cross River State who serve as 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively.