Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, and elder statesman, Mr. Fred Agbeyegbe, have urged a Federal High Court in Lagos to nullify the 1999 Constitution of the the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Soyinka and Agbeyegbe, in their submissions, argued that the 1999 Constitution is a fraudulent document the military imposed on Nigerians, contending that the document lacked authenticity and could not be properly described as the people’s constitution.
They prayed the court for an order of mandamus compelling the Federal Government (the defendant) to replace the constitution with “a true constitution.”
Both Soyinka and Agbeyegbe are the surviving plaintiffs in the suit which originally had the late nonagenarian, Prince Tanimose Bankole-Oki (SAN) as the first plaintiff.
Bankole-Oki was however replaced by Agbeyegbe with the permission of the court after he died last year.
The other plaintiff in the matter, apart from Soyinka and Agbeyegbe, was the late Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu.
The presiding judge, Justice James Tsoho, struck out the name of Ojukwu from the case following an oral application made the plaintiffs’ lawyer, Mr. Tony Nnadi.
Nnadi said he would find out from the surviving plaintiffs whether or not another person would be approved to replace Ojukwu. Nnadi’s application was not objected to by lawyer to the Federal Government, Mr. Ituah Eigbe. The judge thereafter struck out Ojukwu’s name and adjourned the matter