By John Okoh
Alleging that the appointments made by the Federal Government of Nigeria into the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, was in violation of the fundamental rights of Nigerians in the Southeast geo-political zone and the laws of the land, Dr Olisa Agbakoba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has sued the Federal Government at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
According to him, the non appointment of citizens from the zone contravenes the provisions of S.14 of the Constitution and the Federal Character Commission, Act and the provisions of Sections 42 of the Constitution of Nigeria that prohibits discrimination of any of Nigeria’s ethnic groups such as, in this case, the South East.
In a statement issued on Monday, he prayed the Federal High Court to declare the lopsided appointments of Board members without any person from the South East Zone, unconstitutional, null and void.
In August, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC reassigned 55 management staff of the NNPC out of which non was from the Southeast geopolitical zone. Indeed, the earlier appointments made by the President were also in the same mode. No date has been fixed to hear the suit.