The Sokoto State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of violating the Nigerian Constitution and the rules of the party in his choice of ministerial nominee from the state.
The state chapter of the party as well as the state government had earlier on Friday met and resolved to reject the nomination of Aisha Abubakar on the grounds that she is not a card-carrying member of the party.
The party followed up its resolve Saturday by writing to President Buhari, calling his attention to what they referred to as the constitutional infraction inherent in the nomination of the candidate
In the signed by 23 local government chairmen of the party in the state, the party said allowing Ms Abubakar’s nomination to stand would violate some provisions of the Nigerian Constitution and party rules and conventions.
The party urged the President to immediately change the nominee with any qualified person from the state, whether male or female.
The letter reads in part: “In the exercise of your constitutional powers to appoint the Minister of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that will represent Sokoto State as envisaged by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, due regard was not given to the intendment of the Constitution which stipulates some conditions precedent as basic qualification for a nominee and principle of equity as envisaged by the Constitution to wit:
- Section 147(3) provides that, “any appointment under subsection (2) of this constitution shall be in conformity with provision of section 14(3) of this constitution…”
Section 14(3) provides: “The composition of the Government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as it reflect the Federal Character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to commend national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominant of persons from a few states or from few ethnic or other sectional groups in that Government or any of its agencies”.
Section 65(2) “A person shall be qualified for election under subsection (1) of this section if:
(a) He has been educated up to at least school certificate level or its equivalent,
(b) He is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that party.
Section 147(5) provides: “No person shall be appointed on a Minister of the Government of the Federation unless he is qualified for election as a member of the House of Representatives”.
“In the lights of the foregoing provisions of the constitution Miss Aisha Abubakar, the ministerial nominee from Sokoto was never a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for her to be qualified and if at all she is a member of any political party circumstantially she must be a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Given the fact that her uncle Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd), the National Security Adviser, NSA to former President Goodluck Jonathan was more than anyone else personified efforts to ensure the victory of the PDP in Sokoto state, the North West Zone and Nigeria. It is equally a notorious fact that he maximally used his then official position to ensure that APC lost elections inclusive of the use of cohesion against members of the APC in Sokoto State.