The Court of Appeal Abuja in a unanimous decision Monday evening delivered a landmark judgment declaring FCT Abuja Indigenes are entitled to Ministerial representation in the Federal Executive Council (FEC) as provided by the combined provisions of Sec. 147(3), 299, 14(3) & 42 of 1999 Constitution.
The court also declared that the persistent denial and refusal of past Presidents and current President to so appoint an Indigene of FCT Abuja as a Minister in the Federal Executive Council since May 1999 is tantamount to a gross violation of the said Constitutional rights including fundamental right against discrimination.
The court directed the President to immediately make the said appointment. A cost of N100, 000 awarded against the President and AGF as 1st and 2nd respondents.
The lead judgment was written by Justice Komolafe, in the petition filed by an Abuja-based legal practitioner, Muss Panya-Baba.
Panya-Baba has been in the forefront of advocacy for indigenous FCT peoples, whose land was taken by the federal government to relocate the federal capital from Lagos to Abuja.