A lawyer, Dim-Udebuani Marcel, has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari, on his political appointments, before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court.
In the suit, Marcel accused the President of violating the Federal Character principle as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, through the appointments he has made so far.
In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/732/2015, the plaintiff joined the Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC) as 2nd defendant in the matter.
The plaintiff urged the court to determine, “Whether the total of the twenty-five (25) appointments made so far by the 1st defendant (Buhari), is not against the spirit of Section 14 (3) of 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“Whether the exclusion of South-East geo-political zone in the twenty-five (25) appointments made so far by the 1st defendant is unconstitutional and divisive among others.
Marcel urged the court to grant an order compelling President Buhari to reverse the appointments so far made to observe and comply with the principle of Federal Character as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
He prayed that the court grants “an order of this court 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).
“An order of court declaring all the appointments so far made null and void for violation of the principle of Federal Character enshrined in our constitution aforesaid.”
“That the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a country for all the citizens, South-East inclusive. That the 2nd defendant is a creation of constitution of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“That the entire five (5) States that make up South-East geo-political zone has no appointment yet”.
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