A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogar, has called on the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Honourable Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf, to address the imbalance in the appointment of judges in FCT, especially as it concerns Ebonyi state.
Hon. Ogar, who represents Ikwo/ Ezza South Federal Constituency of Ebonyi State and Chairman, House Committee on Reformatory Institution in a statement on Thursday, observed that Ebonyi State was the least represented in the appointment of federal judges in the whole country, especially in the South-East zone.
He enjoyed the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Yusuf to rise to the occasion and quickly address the anomaly by including Ebonyi State among the states to participate in the appointment of federal judges in FCT.
The House of Representatives member appealed that three quotas be given to the State, emphasizing that according to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in line with the Federal Character principle, each State should be included in the recruitment exercise.
The Federal Lawmaker who lamented that Ebonyi State was the least State in the number of Federal Judges in the FCT called on the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court to further look inward and include Ebonyi State, among the States being considered in the period under review.
The two-term green chamber lawmaker further appealed to the National Judicial Commission, NJC, to intervene in the lopsidedness, in order to give Ebonyi State the quota it deserves.
He said: “According to the Constitution of Nigeria and in line with the Federal character principle, each State should be included in the appointment of Federal Judges as Ebonyi remains the least in the number of Judges in FCT.
“I must emphasize that Ebonyi is the least in the number of Judges in the FCT and this imbalance needs to be quickly addressed without any form of contradiction.
“I want to urge the Chief Judge of FCT High Court to look inward and include Ebonyi in the list of Federal Judges. I want to also appeal to the National Judicial Commission, NJC, to look into this imbalance and give Ebonyi State three quotas in the Appeal Court advertisement.”