Umar Ardo, former adviser to former vice president Atiku Abubakar, has vowed to sue President Muhammadu Buhari over the planned conferment of national honours on the late MKO Abiola, Babagana Kingibe and Gani Fawehinmi (SAN).
He added that the planned confernment is illegal, and demanded compliance with the provisions of the constitution in the award of the said national honours if the government goes ahead with the investiture ceremony without abiding by the due process of law.
Citing from the Constitution, he pointed out that President Muhammdu Buhari has no power to confer national honours on anyone without first seeking for and obtaining the approval of the National Council of State.
“It is important, however, to state that I have absolutely no objection to the president conferring such national honours on the late Chief MKO Abiola and Chief Gani Fawehinmi, and indeed that they richly deserve such awards and much more, but it is only right to do the right thing rightly. My current call and possible court action is solely motivated by the obligation to enforce the rule of law and constitutionalism in the process of governing this country,” Ardo said in a statement on Sunday.