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James Ocholi Kogi lawyer seeks replacement of late Minister

Six months after the death of the James Ocholi, a Kogi lawyer is seeking for the replacement of the Minister of State for labour by FG.

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(City News)

A Kogi-based lawyer, Daniel Makolo, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appointment a Kogi indigene to replace the Minister of State for Labour, late James Ocholi.

Makolo made the call at a press conference in Lokoja on Sunday in Lokoja.

He said that for almost seven months Kogi had been denied representation in the Federal Executive Council meetings, adding that there was a dire need for the representation.

According to him, the meeting has the primary purpose of promoting good governance and welfare of all persons in our country on the principles of freedom, equality and justice and for the purpose of consolidating the unity of our people.

The lawyer said that the only period Kogi was represented at the meeting was between November, 2015 and March 6, 2016 Ocholi spent as minister before his death.

“This is wrongful and unconstitutional. It is the duty and responsibility of all authorities and persons exercising executive, legislative or judicial powers in Nigeria to conform to, observe and apply the provisions of the constitution strictly,” he said.

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Makolo said the only way to maintain the integrity of the federation was for the leadership to ensure equal representation of the units, entrench constitutionality and guarantee, justice, fairness and the rule of law.

“As a concerned citizen of Nigeria and a worried indigene of Kogi State, I wrote to our dear and beloved president last month on the need to appoint a qualified indigene of the state as minister but I am yet to receive acknowledgement,” he said.

Ocholi died, along with his wife, Blessing and son Joshua, in a car crash which occurred on March 6, 2016, along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

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