Sen. Ifeanyi Araraume has urged President Bola Tinubu to reverse the new appointments made in the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.
He said the new appointments violated the judgment and order of the Federal High Court, Abuja of April 18 in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1621/2022.
Araraume is reacting to the appointment of the new board and management of the NNPC Limited, which purported to upend his court-validated chairmanship of the board of the national oil company.
He described the fresh appointment made by the President as “illegal, wrongful, null and void and of no legal consequence.”
In a statement by his lawyer, Dr Ogwu J. Onoja (SAN), Araraume said: “Our attention has been drawn to the news of the appointment of new members of NNPC Limited Board including a new Non-Executive Chairman by the President on the 27th November, 2023.
“(This is) in violation of the judgment and order of the Federal High Court, Abuja dated 18th April, 2023 in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/1621/2022 – Between Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume v. The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, NNPC Ltd and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
“Wherein the court restrained the President from removing the name of Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume from the Corporate Affairs Commission as a Non-Executive Director of NNPC Ltd and that he be allowed to continue to function as the Chairman of the Board of NNPC Ltd.”
“This judgment remains valid and subsisting until this moment without being set aside.
He, therefore, called on the President to expedite action on the implementation of the said judgment of the Federal High Court delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo.
“We hereby call on Mr President, who is a huge beneficiary of judicial pronouncements and rule of law, to reverse his decision and allow the flow of the rule of law.”
Araraume added that the reversal of the appointments would amount to respect for rule of law and equally be a strong factor in the attraction of Foreign Direct Investment (FOI) into the country.(NAN)