A Kaduna-based registered human rights and good governance advocacy group, Centrum Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Initiative, CEDRA, has called for the rejection of the ministerial nominee from the state, Amina Mohammed, on the grounds that she is not an indigene of Kaduna State.
The group said if the Senators allow the nomination of Amina Mohammed, who it claimed is an indigene of Gombe State, especially the senators from Kaduna State, the indigenes of the state would be short-changed and this will be unconstitutional.
CEDRA in a statement by it Board Chairman, John Danfulani, said preferably a southern Kaduna indigene should be consider for the ministerial nominee based on power sharing formulae in place in the state between the three zones of the state.
“We strongly object to the nomination of the Ministerial nominee for Kaduna State, Amina Mohammed. Our objection is predicated on the fact that we have reasons to believe that she is not an indigene of Kaduna State as provided in the Constitution. She is an indigene of Gombe State. Section 147(1), (2) and (3) of the Constitution provides as follows:
“147. (1) There shall be such offices of Ministers of the Government of the Federation as may be established by the President.
“(2) Any appointment to the office of Minister of the Government of the Federation shall, if the nomination of any person to such office is confirmed by the Senate, be made by the President.
“(3) Any appointment under subsection (2) of this section by the President shall be in conformity with the provisions of section 14(3) of this Constitution:
“Provided that in giving effect to the provisions aforesaid the President shall appoint at least one Minister from each State, who shall be an indigene of such State.
“From the above constitutional provisions, each State of the Federation must have a Minister who must be an indigene of that State. If the Senators allow the nomination of Amina Mohammed, especially, you, the distinguished Senators from Kaduna State, the indigenes of the state would be short-changed; and this will be unconstitutional.
“We pray that you will use your good offices to reject the nomination of the said Amina Mohammed and direct that an indigene of Kaduna State preferably from southern Kaduna senatorial district be nominated and sent to the Senate for screening. The need to have a nominee from southern Kaduna is very important if the power sharing formulae in the state is to be maintained and give the people a sense of belonging at the federal level.
“Usually, the political offices in Kaduna State have always been fairly shared or distributed amongst the three (3) Senatorial Districts in line with the principles of Federal Character enshrined in section 14 (3) and (4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. For instance, where the Governor comes from the Kaduna North Senatorial District, the Deputy Governor and the Ministerial slot will be zoned to Kaduna South Senatorial District. Kaduna Central Senatorial District will then take the other key positions.
“The attention of CEDRA has been drawn to the Ministerial nominee representing Kaduna State in the person of one, Amina Mohammed. We have serious objection to her nomination,” the statement however reads.


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