President Muhammadu Buhari has been sued by a lawyer for allegedly failing to appoint a minister to represent
Kogi state in his cabinet. Daniel Makolo, who instituted the suit said his suit FHC\L\CS\44\2016 at the Federal High Court, Lokoja on Thursday, September 22, was pursuant to Order 34 Rule (1) and Order 5 Rule (1) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2009.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the lawyer faulted President Buhari for failing to appoint a replacement for James Ocholi, former minister of state for labour and employment, who died in a car accident. Makolo is seeking an order of court that the failure of Buhari to appoint a qualified indigene of Kogi as a minister after Mr. Ocholi’s death was wrongful, unlawful and unconstitutional. He described the failure to appoint a minister from Kogi as an attempt to deny the people of Kogi state representation at the meetings held by the president with his vice and ministers.
He also asked for an order of mandamus compelling the president to appoint a minister representing the people of Kogi The lawyer is urging the court to declare every decision reached at the meetings held by the president with his vice and ministers void. The applicant further asked the court to void the resolution reached at subsequent meeting to be held by the president and his cabinet without a representative of Kogi people.
He said the president had a responsibility to appoint a minister to represent each of the 36 federating states, noting that such responsibility was not optional. The lawyer is also seeking an order directing the attorney-general of the federation to carry out a corona inquest into the death of Mr. Ocholi to uncover the cause of the accident. Recall that Mr. Ocholi, his wife and son, died in an auto crash on Abuja-Kaduna Road on March 6.