AG ANAMBRA
V.
AG OF THE FEDERATION

(2007) JELR 39820 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.62/2007 ·  5 Apr 2007 ·  Nigeria
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Other Citations
A.G., Anambra State v. A.G., Fed. (Judgt.) (2007) 12 NWLR (Pt.1047)
A.-G., Anambra State v. A.-G., Fed. (Judgt.) (2007) 12 NWLR (Pt. 1047) 1
CORAM
NIKI TOBI Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria GEORGE ADESOLA OGUNTADE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria ALOMA MARIAM MUKHTAR Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria MAHMUD MOHAMMED Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria WALTER SAMUEL NKANU ONNOGHEN Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria IBRAHIM TANKO MUHAMMAD Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria CHRISTOPHER MITCHELL CHUKWUMA-ENEH Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
dispute
case
court
suit
federal government
judgment
jurisdiction
8th june
detailed reasons
niki tobi
section
state government
17th march
adesola oguntade
aloma mariam mukhtar
anambra state
anambra state government
appeal
attorney-general of anambra state
attorney-general of the federation
briefs of both parties
christopher mitchell chukwuma-eneh
claim of the plaintiff
constitution of the federal republic of nigeria
declaration
doubt
effect
federal government of nigeria
federation
four-year tenure of the governor of anambra state
ibrahim tanko muhammad
jurisdiction of this court
leading judgment
lead judgment
mahmud
matter
order
original jurisdiction
original jurisdiction of this court
processes
reasons
respect
state
states
view
walter samuel nkanu onnoghen
want of jurisdiction

NIKI TOBI, J .S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): I have examined the briefs of both parties. The original jurisdiction of this court is provided for in Section 232 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999. The jurisdiction includes any dispute between the Federation and a State or between States.

Although this suit is commenced by the Attorney-General of Anambra State against the Attorney-General of the Federation, the dispute is in respect of when the four-year tenure of the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, will expire. The Declaration sought is that the four-year tenure should be reckoned from 17th March, 2006 when the Governor subscribed to the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office.

In my view, the matter does not affect the State Government. And what is more, there is no dispute against the Federal Government. In effect, no dispute arises between the Anambra State Government and the Federal Government of Nigeria. As a matter of law, the Federa…

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