Justice Phoebe Ayua of the Federal High Court, Lokoja, yesterday, threw out a suit challenging President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to appoint a minister to represent Kogi State in his cabinet, following the death of James Ocholi (SAN) over nine months ago.
A lawyer, Daniel Makolo (Esq.), an indigene of Kogi State had, on October 14, filed a suit at the court, seeking an order of mandamus compelling President Buhari to appoint a minister representing Kogi State.
He also sought for an order declaring that the refusal, failure or neglect of President Buhari to appoint a minister from Kogi to be part of his cabinet since the death of his former appointee was wrongful, unlawful, unconstitutional and amount to marginalisation of people of the state.
Joined in the suit were the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
Ruling on the application, Justice Ayua dismissed the suit on grounds that the applicant lacked locus standi for the orders being sought.
She held that the applicant had failed to show how the decision of the president in not appointing a minister from Kogi State in his cabinet has “adversely affected him as a person over and above that of the general public.”