An advocacy group under the aegis of Kingdom Human Rights Foundation International has dragged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The move followed the ruling party’s decision to exclude the South-East region of the country in the leadership of the National Assembly.
The group, with a member of the ruling party, Hon. Kenneth Uzochukwu, who was cited as the 2nd Plaintiff, in an originating, posed three legal questions for the determination of the court.
They equally sought for six declarations Cited as defendants in the matter were the APC, the National Assembly and the Federal Character Commission.
Specifically, the plaintiff, through their lawyer, Okere Nnamdi, are praying the court to determine: “Whether the 1st Defendant (APC), can ignore the express provisions of Section 224 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in zoning/determining which of the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria (recognized in the Federal Character Establishment Act)
“Whether the decision of the 1st defendant to zone/cede the office of the Senate President to the North East, Deputy Senate President to South-South; and Speaker of the House of Representatives to the Southwest and Deputy Speaker to North Central and thereby totally excluding/obliterating/annihilating the Southeast geopolitical zone in the political arithmetic of Nigeria, particularly in the 9th National Assembly. breaches the express provisions, spirit and tenor of sections 14 (3) and (4) and 244 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended); AND complies with the Federal Character principle of Nigeria.
“Whether in view of the combined reading of Section 1 (3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Article 2 of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress 2014 (as amended), the National Executive Committee or the National Working Committee of the 1st Defendant can take any decision to zone principal and presiding officers of the National Assembly of Nigeria in a manner that offends the express provisions, spirit and tenor of sections 14 (3) and (4) and 224 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended)” by subjecting the Igbos of South-east Nigeria to discrimination, marginalization, humiliation, domination, suppression, hatred and inequality in Nigeria.”