By Luminous Jannamike
ABUJA – Natives of Abuja have expressed disappointment over the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to obey an Appeal Court ruling compelling him to appoint an indigene of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, into the Federal Executive Council (FEC) as Minister forthwith.
Counsel to the Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja (OIDAA), Barrister Musa Baba-Panya, gave vent to the feelings of people on Wednesday in a chat with newsmen in Abuja.
He said: “The Buhari administration came to power on the promise of change. Next to its three cardinal agenda of security, economy, and corruption is the rule of law.
“But, we are disappointed with Buhari’s selective implementation of court orders. The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja gave a judgement in January 2018 compelling the President to immediately appoint an indigene of Abuja FCT as a Minister of the Federation forthwith.
“It’s been over a year since that constitutional judgement was passed. Yet, the President has failed to obey it. We took steps last November to get him to implement the judgement by serving him ‘Notice of Disobedience to Court Order’ otherwise known as Form 48. He also ignored it.
“The whole disobedience to certain orders of the Courts under this government speaks to the hypocrisy and questionable integrity of the President.
“If not that President Buhari has immunity, he will be in Kuje prisons because he is in contempt of the Court. By not implementing the order of the Appeal Court, he has breached several provisions of the Nigerian constitution as relates to the rights of the indigenes of FCT to ministerial appointment.”
On the issue of inadequate representation of Abuja indigenes in the National Assembly, Musa-Panya who is running for a seat in the senate under the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), said the recommendations of the 2014 national confab which suggested the creation of two additional House of Representatives constituencies for Abuja would be a starting point in addressing that inadequacy.