A group in Kogi state, North Central Nigeria under the aegis of Ujache Igala Association wants President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a minister to replace late James Ocholi (SAN) former Minister of State for Labour and Employment a year after he died in a ghastly motor accident along Kaduna-Abuja highway with his wife and son.
Goodman Akwu, chairman of Ujache said the inability of President Buhari led government to appoint a replacement for Mr. Ocholi from Kogi state was a breach of constitutional provisions and has rather damaged the confidence of the people of the state to wonder “if this government is actually people centred”.
The absence of a representative from the state in the federal executive council, FEC according to Goodman, has regrettably resulted in no single executed or ongoing federal projects in the state in the last two years as there is no one in that position to loby for the citation of such projects in the state.
“More traumatizing, the groups said, was the contraption the entire Kogi state particularly the eastern senatorial zone where Mr. Ocholi came from has found itself after his demise and canvassed the position that the replacement should come from that flank for equity, alluding to the other appointments so far from the state such as ambassadorial (both carrier and non-carrier) has left Kogi east unattended to.
It will be recalled that Ujache Igala Association about three months ago, protested to Aso Rock Villa to mount pressure on the presidency to appoint a minister from Kogi state to replace Mr. Ocholi, but nothing has been done yet.
The current demand which coincided with one year anniversary of the death had candle- light protests in memory of the legal icon.