By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel, Abuja
The House of Representatives, yesterday, issued the acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo a one-week ultimatum to swear in the ministerial nominees for Kogi and Gombe states.
This is as it once again failed to swear in member representing Konshisha/Vandekiya federal constituency of Benue State, Dorathy Mato. The ultimatum sequels the adoption of a motion by Hon. Karimi Sunday.
It will be recalled that the Senate since May 3, confirmed the appointment of Prof. Stephen Ocheni from Kogi State and Suleiman Zarma Hassan from Gombe State as ministers.
Moving the motion, Sunday noted that both states are not represented in the Federal Executive Council, adding that the council as currently constituted was a breach of Section 14(2) and Section 147(3) of the 1999 Constitution.
He explained that the “Constitution vest the executive power of the federation in the President and such power may be exercised directly through the Vice President and ministers of the government of the federation or officers in the public service of the federation.
“Section130 of the ground norm provides that there shall be for the federation a President who shall be the Head of State and Chief Executive of the Federation.
“Section 145(1) of the Constitution, provides that whenever the President of the federation is unable to discharge the functions of his office for whatsoever reason, the President shall transmit a written declaration to the President of the Senate or Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“To that effect, and until he transmit to them a declaration to the country, the Vice President shall perform the functions of the President as Acting President”, Karimi stated.
The lawmaker further argued that section 147 provides that there shall be such offices of ministers of the federation as may be established by President. Such ministers shall be nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.
“Section 143(3) and Section 14(3) shall comply with the principles of federal character, accordingly, each state shall have at least one (1) Minister.”
In a related development, the House again did not swear in the member-elect representing Konshisha/Vandeikya federal constituency of Benue state, Hon. Dorothy Mato.
Mato is to replace Herman Hembe following his sack by the Supreme Court on June 25 alongside Senator Sani Abubakar Danladi who has since been replaced by Alhaji Shuaibu Isa Lau.
It would be recalled that the Spokesman of the House, Hon. Abdulrazaq Namdas last week, explained that the member-elect could not be sworn in because she needed to complete certain processes. However, a constituent of the lawmaker confirmed that Mato had completed all the necessary documentatio, Speaker Yakubu Dogara was absent at yesterday’s plenary.