The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Bola Tinubu over “the failure to stop the former governors who are now serving as ministers in his administration from collecting life pensions and other ‘retirement benefits’ from their states while they serve as ministers.
“An order of mandamus to direct and compel President Tinubu to instruct the former governors who are now serving as ministers to forthwith return any pensions and retirement benefits collected by them since leaving office to the public treasury.
“A declaration that the failure by President Tinubu to publicly instruct former governors who are now serving as ministers to stop collecting life pensions, exotic cars, and other ‘retirement benefits’ from their states while serving as ministers is a violation of his constitutional oath of office.”
In a statement on Sunday, SERAP Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, identified the ministers as Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Bello Matawalle (Zamfara); Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun).
Royaltimes gathered that other former governors listed in the suit include Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Simon Lalong (Plateau); Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); and Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe).
SERAP is arguing that: “Compelling and directing President Tinubu to stop the former governors from collecting any ‘retirement benefits’ while serving as ministers would serve the public interest, especially given the current grave economic realities in the country.