The original inhabitants of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have a huge grudge against President Muhammadu Buhari, and they plan to express it when they vote in the presidential election of Saturday, according to their spokesman and lawyer, Barrister Musa Baba-Panya.
“We are encouraging our people not to vote for him, we won’t vote him because of the court of appeal judgement,” he said Thursday morning when reached for clarification of his comments.
Panya, who was counsel to the Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja (OIDAA), when the natives got a Court of Appeal judgement for an indigene of Abuja to be made a Minister in the Federal Executive Council (FEC) said in Abuja, Wednesday: “The Buhari administration came to power on the promise of change. Next to its three cardinal agenda of security, economy, and corruption is the rule of law.
“But, we are disappointed with Buhari’s selective implementation of court orders. The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja gave a judgement in January 2018 compelling the President to immediately appoint an indigene of Abuja FCT as a Minister of the Federation forthwith.
“It’s been over a year since that constitutional judgement was passed. Yet, the President has failed to obey it. We took steps last November to get him to implement the judgement by serving him ‘Notice of Disobedience to Court Order’ otherwise known as Form 48. He also ignored it.
“The whole disobedience to certain orders of the Courts under this government speaks to the hypocrisy and questionable integrity of the President.
“If not that President Buhari has immunity, he will be in Kuje prisons because he is in contempt of the Court. By not implementing the order of the Appeal Court, he has breached several provisions of the Nigerian constitution as relates to the rights of the indigenes of FCT to ministerial appointment.”