By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
The senate minority leader, Senator Philip Aduda representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has rejected ministerial list sent by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation over non inclusion of a nominee from the territory.
Aduda, who raised a point of order during the plenary at the senate on Wednesday, insisted that the ministerial list must captured a nominee from the FCT as in line with the federal Court of Appeal judgement of 15th January, 2018.
He said the national assembly had made a unanimous resolution and recommendation in 2019, and also the recommendation of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) on the need to appoint a representative from the FCT as minister.
He said there was the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to include a representative from the FCT on the list of the new ministers that were submitted to the senate for confirmation.
He said since section 14 sub section 3 which has to do with the federal character on appointment of minister’s, there was the need for a representative from FCT to be also included in the ministerial list.
According to him, coming under section 147 and 3 on appointment of minister’s from each state of the federation and section 299, which he said FCT should be treated like other states of the federation.
“And I have raised this point on the issue of appointment of ministers and appointment of minister from FCT because it is expressly clear through the federal character that all state in the federation should be carried along,” he said.
Aduda, added that section 147 sub section 3 talked about appointment of minister’s from each state of the federation, in which he said sections 299 talked about the FCT should be treated as a state.
“And besides, we have had to go to court and the various courts had ruled that FCT should be treated as a state in this matter” he added.
The minority leader, however, noted that not only appointing a representative from the FCT but a minister that will represent people of the FCT at the Federal Executive Council (FEC).