Atiku Warns CCB Over Keyamo’s Petition Against Him

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, has urged the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to dismiss the petition filed against him by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo.

Remember that Keyamo had petitioned the CCB for an investigation into the former Vice-President over claims that he utilized a Special Purpose Vehicle to embezzle public funds while vice president between 1999 and 2007.

In response to the petition, the CCB invited the Minister to an interview to back up his allegations against the PDP presidential candidate.

However, in a letter sent through his lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), Atiku requested that the case be dropped because the matter was already in court.

According to Ozekhome, the CCB examining the case when it was already in court would be illegal and disrespectful.

“It is highly inappropriate for a party to a suit to take any extrajudicial steps, or to embark on any course of action that is tantamount to or calculated to undermine the authority and integrity of the court, which is dominus litis over the proceedings,” Ozekhome stated.

“Such behavior is both condemnable and unacceptable.” It is strongly discouraged by courts of law because it has the risk of overreaching the court and the other party and imposing a fait accompli on the court. Indeed, it appears to be contempt of court, albeit ex facie curiae.”

Ozekhome has warned that if the bureau persist with its investigation, Atiku will initiate legal action against the CCB.

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