OrderPaperToday – Indigenes of Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Tuesday filed a petition to the Senate over their exclusion in the ministerial list submitted and confirmed by the senate.

President Muhammadu Buhari last Tuesday submitted the list to the red chamber without including a nominee from the FCT.

Philip Aduda, FCT Senator the following day, raised a point of order, appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari for reconsideration.

Today being the end of the screening exercise, Aduda brought a petition to the chamber to inform it that an appeal court had ruled in 2018 that FCT be given a ministerial slot.

Aduda said: “They asked me to let the senate know – you may not be aware that there is a court of appeal judgement on the 15th day of January 2018 where in different reliefs were sought and those reliefs were granted – that someone from FCT is entitled to a ministerial appointment.

“There was an order compelling federal government which is the first respondent that a minister is appointed from FCT.

“The president might not be aware of this judgement and the people of FCT have asked me to let the senate know. Mr president, i wish to therefore submit the petition and to also lay the judgement of the court of appeal.

“The federal government did not appeal this judgement, it is deemed that the federal government will appoint somebody from the FCT.”

The petition was received by the chamber.


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