By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
The commissioner for Public Complaints Commission (PCC) representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Comrade Ezikel Musa Dalhattu, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to appoint one of the natives of the territory as a minister.
Addressing journalists in his office in Abuja over the weekend, Dalhattu said the call followed complaints written to his office by some FCT indigenous civil society organizations, which he said are Coalition of FCT Indigenous Association, Abuja Grassroots Project and FCT Indigenous Women Association.
He said the two associations has planned to embark on blockade of some major routes to protest within the city of Abuja, in other to draw the government attention to the plight of the FCT Natives.
The PCC commissioner, said the commission was able to carried out thorough investigation on the complaints raised by the groups and realized that they grievances are genuine.
He said though the commission have appealed to the groups and also called the attention of relevant authorities to the threat.
“And it was on that premise we have to call you here based on complaints written to our office by some FCT indigenous civil society organizations namely; Coalition of FCT Indigenous Association, Abuja Grassroots Project and FCT Indigenous Women Association on a planned blockage of major routes in form of physical protest within the FCT in other to call the government attention to their plight as FCT natives,” he said.
He said the groups noted that the non-appointment of an FCT natives into the Federal Executive Council (FEC) despite a Court of Appeal judgement in favor of the natives to that effect since 15th January 2015, is a clear disregard to the rule of law.
According to him, there was a judgement given by a competent court of jurisdiction and the appellate court of the country after a rigorous process mandating the President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of law appoint any FCT native as minister into the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
“As you are aware of our statutory mandate as a Public Complaint Commission, after a detailed investigation, we urge the indigenous groups (petitioners) to allow our office to follow up on the possible resolution for fruitful outcomes,”he said.
“Besides, our recommendation is based on the Court of Appeal judgment attached therewith in their complaints to that effect, in which we want to make a passionate appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to use his good office and leverage on the legal background (court of appeal judgement) and also the recommendation of the National Assembly to appoint one of the natives of the FCT as minister into the Federal Executive Council (FEC) owing to the recent vacuum that has been created by the resignation of some ministers so it could douse the tension and threat of the complainants.”