Igbo sue Buhari over appointment of PENCOM DG

The people of the South East geo-political zone have approached a Federal High Court, in Abuja, to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation, for failing to appoint a member from the zone as a replacement to Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu as the Director General of National Pension Commission (PENCOM).

The action of the zone was contained in a suit filed before the court marked FHC/ABJ/CS/371/17 wherein it was contending that the replacement of the immediate past Director-General of PENCOM with another person outside the zone constituted a breach of the Oath of Office of the President under section 26 (1) of the 7th schedule to the 1999 constitution.

The suit, which was filed by Giles C. Ugwunweze, the South-East Coalition for Justice and Equity (SECJE) and Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), was seeking an order of court directing the President (1st Defendant), to appoint a Director-General for the National Pension Commission from the South-East Geo-political Zone in accordance with Section 21 (2) of the Pension Reform Act, 2014.

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They urged the court to hold that upon the proper construction and interpretation of Section 21 (2) of the Pension Reform Act, 2014 the replacement of Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu from Anambra State in the South-East Geo-Political Zone of Nigeria with Aliyu Abdurahman Dikko from the North-West Geo-Political Zone of Nigeria is not illegal, null and void.

Acting President Osinbajo recently appointed Aliyu Dikko as new PENCOM DG.

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