The Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International and Igbo Youths Democrats have petitioned an Abuja-based High Court to nullify the major appointments
made by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The groups made the demands on the ground that the appointments were made in breach of the principle of the Federal Character as enshrined in the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.
The defendants in the suit are the:
1. President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari
2. The National Assembly
3. Attorney-General of the Federation, and,
4. The Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC).
Speaking through their lawyer, Marcel Dim-Udebuani, the plaintiffs contended that the 25 appointments so far made by the President were in breach of the spirit of the Federal Character principle, as contained in Section 14 (3) of the Constitution.
The groups argued that Nigeria is a country for all the citizens, the Southeast inclusive, and that the FCC was a creation of the Constitution, therefore, that the exclusion of the Southeast was not in tandem with the Federal Character principle.
They disputed that while all regions [North east, North west, North central, South west and South south] have been represented in the appointments, Southeast remains side-lined.
They therefore prayed the Court to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse the appointments and comply with the principle of Federal Character, as enshrined in the Constitution.
Summarily, they sought mandamus compelling the 2nd defendant (FCC) to invoke paragraph 8 (1) (C) of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Also, an order “declaring all the appointments so far made null and void for violation of the principle of Federal Character enshrined in our constitution aforesaid.”
The suit which was filed yesterday is yet to be assigned hearing.
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