One-time President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has requested a Federal high court sitting in Abuja to nullify the Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Agbakoba (SAN) anchored his request on what he called “lopsided appointments” at the NNPC.
The suit is however presently generating controversy amongst stakeholders.
In a statement by his Media Assistant, Niyi Odunmorayo, Agbakoba challenged the non-inclusion of the South-East of the country in appointments to the NNPC Board.
The legal practitioner alleged that the appointments by the Federal Government contravened the provisions of Section 14 of the Constitution, as well as the Federal Character Commission Act.
He stated that it was also in contravention of the “provisions of Sections 42 of the Constitution of Nigeria that prohibits discrimination of any of Nigeria’s ethnic groups such as, in this case, the South-East.”
Agbakoba requested the court to declare the “lopsided appointments” of board members of the South-East region unconstitutional, null and void.
No date has been fixed to hear the suit