Abuja – A Federal High Court in Abuja will on Wednesday hear a suit challenging the various laws enacted by some state Houses of Assembly prescribing pension for former governors and their deputies, Punch reports.
It was that the defendants in the suit had filed notices of preliminary objection to the suit and the motions would come up for hearing before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on Wednesday.
Thirty-six non-governmental organisations in the country and two activists – Ayodeji Kolawole and Tunde Asaju – jointly filed the suit through their counsel, Chino Obiagwu, on July 15, 2014.
The NGOs sued 78 defendants, made up of the 36 states of the federation and their respective Houses of Assembly, as well as the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
The plaintiffs, argued that the state Houses of Assembly lacked the legislative competence to enact pension laws for public officials when the constitution has conferred the exclusive power of setting the remuneration of public officials on the RMAFC.
According to the plaintiffs, the pension laws have been enacted in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Benue, Gombe, Kwara, Kogi, Oyo and Lagos states, while the other 29 states are either yet to release theirs to the public or planning to enact similar law.