Supreme Court told President Muhammadu Buhari to stop using public funds to defend himself in personal litigation.
The court berated Buhari’s excesses in using lawyers paid by federal government to defend him in his election tribunal proceedings.
Atiku Abubarkar, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party during the 2019 election is challenging Buhari’s victory at the election tribunal.
Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris, are also challenging qualification of President Buhari as the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The appellants alleged that President Buhari lied on oath in the form CF001 as he submitted to the INEC.
A senior lawyer at the Ministry of Justice, Abdullahi Abubakar, has been appearing for Buhari at the tribunal.
Justice Mary Odili, while tendering the unanimous ruling of the five-man panel of the Supreme Court, queried Abubakar’s appearance for Buhari.
She explained that Buhari was sued as a private citizen and not as the country’s President.
Justice Mary referred to Bill Clinton, a former President of the United States, when he was sued, it was his personal funds that he used to defend himself in court.
Mary Odili described the situation as a contravention of the provisions of the Code of Conduct for public officers.
The court insisted that for Buhari to represented by the senior State Counsel of the Ministry of Justice is inappropriate and unjust in any law in the world.