CSO move to stop Nass from taking delivery of N57.6bn SUVs

Kauthar KhaleelOctober 22, 20232 min

SERAP in an open letter to President Bola Tinubu, urged him to stop the leadership and members of the House from taking delivery of 360 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs).

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), a Civil Society Organisation, has vowed to stop the National Assembly from taking delivery of 360 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) estimated at N57.6 billion.

This is even as it asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to withhold delivery of the vehicles pending the hearing and determination of an application for injunction filed by it.

SERAP’s applications for interim and interlocutory injunction followed a confirmation by the House of Representatives that the lawmakers are set to take delivery of the SUVs.

According to a statement by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, published on its official website on Sunday, SERAP, in the application filed last week, is seeking “an order of interim injunction restraining the National Assembly from procuring, taking delivery and distributing the SUVs to their members, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for an order of interlocutory injunction filed simultaneously in this suit.”

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It also seeks “such further order(s) that the Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstance of this suit.”

Recall that SERAP in August, filed the suit number FHC/L/CS/1606/2023 before the Federal High Court challenging “the legality of the spending of billions of naira by the National Assembly to purchase exotic and bulletproof cars for members and principal officials.”

The organization further informed that it has also sent an open letter to President Bola Tinubu urging him to “put pressure on the leadership of the House of Representatives and stop members from taking delivery of 360 sports utility vehicles (SUVs), pending the hearing and determination of the application for interim injunction.

“Allowing the National Assembly to go ahead and purchase and take delivery of the SUVs would prejudice the outcome of the suit pending in court and make a mockery of the rule of law.

“Unless you exercise your executive powers and discharge your constitutional oath of office act as recommended, the lawmakers would go ahead to procure and take delivery of the N57.6 billion vehicles, and thereby present the court with a fait accompli.

“It would invariably hamstring the ability of the court to do justice in the pending suit and applications for an injunction,” it stated.

In the suit, organisation urged the court to withhold delivery of the vehicles pending the hearing and determination of the applications for injunction filed.

Kauthar Khaleel

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