FCTA APPOINTMENTS: LAWYER SUES BUHARI, CLAIMS BIAS
A human rights activist, Mr. Maxwell Opara has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Mohammed Bello before a Federal High Court in Abuja over an alleged violation of the Federal Character Act in the appointment of Permanent Secretaries, Executive Secretaries, Personal Aides, Directors and other staff of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1523/2021 has the FCT Minister, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Attorney General of the Federation and the Federal Character Commission as defendants.
The plaintiff is seeking an order of the court directing the FCT Minister and other defendants to comply with the provisions of Sections 4(1)(a)(b) and 5 of the Federal Character (Establishment) Act in appointments in all cadres of posts in FCTA.
Opara, who formulated three issues for the determination of the court, also wants the court to declare that the Federal Character Commission (FCC) is empowered by law to formulate principles and guidelines for the application of the federal character principle of fairness and equitable distribution of all cadre of posts in the federal government of Nigeria and to ensure compliance to the said formula.
He also prayed the court to declare that the 1st to 3rd defendants are under obligation to comply with the provisions of Part 1, Section 1 to 9 and Part III, Section 4 and 5 of the guiding principle and formulae for distribution of all cadre of posts and in appointments into all cadre of posts into the Federal Capital Administration.
He prays for “A declaration that the recent appointment on. 23 of November, 2021 of Perm-Secs, executive secretaries and other staffers if FCTA by 1st to 3rd defendants clearly offends sections 4(1)(a)(b) and 5 of the Federal Character Commission (Establishment, etc) and provisions of Part 1, sections 1 to 9 and Part III, section 4 and 5 of the guiding principle and formulae for distribution of all cadre of posts made pursuant to section 4(1)(a) of the Federal Character Commission (Establishment, Etc) Act and accordingly the said appointments are void”.
In a 20-paragraph affidavit deposed by the plaintiff, he said recently, the FCT Minister in conjunction with other defendants appointed political, ministerial and other staff of FCTA against the Federal Character principle.
According to REFLECTION, Opara alleged that the appointments as done by the FCT Minister favoured people who are mostly from the northern part of the country.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit which was filed on December 1, 2021.
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