NASS leadership : Group drags APC to court over exclusion of south east

NASS leadership : Group drags APC to court over exclusion of south east

- APC has been sued for excluding the south east region for the 9th National Assembly leadership zoning arrangement

- The suit was filed by a rights group the Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International

- The group challenged the party's decision to to zone the leadership of the National Assembly in a manner that would exclude the south east region of Nigeria

A group has filed a suit against the All Progressives Congress (APC) for excluding the south east region for the 9th National Assembly leadership zoning arrangement.

In a suit filed before the Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday, May 2, the Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International challenged the decision of the APC to zone the leadership of the National Assembly in a manner that would exclude the south east region of Nigeria.

Vanguard reports that in an originating summon marked FHC/ABJ/CS/477/2019, the group and a member of the ruling party Kenneth Uzochukwu ( second plaintiff in the matter) prayed the court to determine whether the first defendant (APC), can ignore the express provisions of Section 224 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in zoning by determining which of the six geo-political zones in Nigeria produces the presiding and principal officers of the 9th National Assembly.

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The plaintiffs also prayed the court to determine whether the decision of the first defendant to zone the office of the Senate President to the north east, deputy senate president to southsouth and speaker of the House of Representatives to the south west while deputy speaker to north central and thereby totally excluding south east is legal.

The plaintiff also sought the relief of the court to determine if the decision of the ruling party on NASS leadership complies with the Federal Character principle of Nigeria.

Furthermore, the plaintiff sought an order of the court compelling the APC to review its unconstitutional, unjust, discriminatory and clannish decision to zone/cede the l decision agisnt the south east region in zoning the leadership position for the 9th Assembly.

The relief sought read in part: "An Order of court compelling/mandating the Federal Character Commission of Nigeria to carry out its constitutional/statutory responsibility of working out equitable formula for the distribution of all cadres of posts in Public Service of the Federation, particularly the present composition of the government of the Federation; to wit: (a) President Muhammadu Buhari (President) North. (b) Professor Yemi Oshibanjo (Vice President) South-west (c) Justice Tanko Muhammed (Chief Justice of Nigeria) North; in such a way that the Heads/Presiding Officers of the National Assembly must balance the equation among the six geo-political zones recognized by Law”.

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