An Igbo lawyer, Marcel Dim-Udebuani has asked the federal high court sitting in Abuja to declare null and void all the appointments President Muhammadu Buhari had so far made.
According to The Cable, the lawyer said that the president violated the federal character principle enshrined in the Nigerian constitution by allegedly favouring a section of the country in his appointments.
The suit is asking the court to determine the constitutionality of President Buhari’s appointments so far. The lawyer also alleged that the president is being vindictive to the South-East by not appointing them into key positions.
Dim-Udebuani maintains that it is only the Southeast that has not been represented whereas the other zones in the country have representations in various capacities. The lawyer prayed the court to immediately reverse the appointments.
The chairman of the federal character commission is joined in the suit as a second defendant.
On another hand, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) on Tuesday, September 1, explained why President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointments only encouraged corruption in the country.
The body made its position know through the statement signed by its president, Igho Akeregha, and executive director, Ibuchukwu Ezike, Vanguard reports.
The CLO lamented that with the 30 sensitive political appointments made so far there is a wide gap between the North and the South, men and women, Christians and Muslims. The organisation urged the presidency to review the appointments and ensure wise exercise based on common respect and the principle of federal character.
In the earlier comments about the appointments made so far, the presidency dismissed allegations of Buhari’s plan to run the Northern government. The authorities assured Nigerians that many more appointments were coming and no region of the country would be neglected.
Meanwhile, Femi Fani-Kayode, the former minister of aviation had also urged President Buhari to reverse his recent appointments or be ready to face the consequences of not doing so.