Court Strikes out Suit against Constitution of NDDC Governing Board


The Federal High in Court Abuja has struck out a suit instituted against President Muhammadu Buhari, challenging the alleged lopsidedness in appointments into the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The suit instituted by an Abuja-based businesswoman and NDDC Stakeholder, Rita Ogbebor was struck out by the court on the grounds that the plaintiff has no legal rights to have instituted the case.

Delivering judgment, Justice Inyang Ekwo held that section two of the NDDC Act 2000, was specific that any legal action on any infraction in matters relating to NDDC can only be instituted by corporate persons and not individuals like the plaintiff.

Justice Ekwo held that the law was clear that the power to file any case to challenge infractions in the NDDC cannot be delegated by proxy to anyone.

“The consequence of lack of locus standi is dire and the courts have been unwavering in making pronouncements on it. It is the law that the claims must be struck out when a plaintiff is found to be lacking locus standi.

“I am bound to follow the law, and I hereby make an order striking out the case of the plaintif,” the Judge ruled.

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