The Senator representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye on Wednesday lamented the continued delay in the replacement of the Kogi State Ministerial slot after the demise of the late Minister of State forEmployment, Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi, SAN.
Ocholi died in March alongside his wife and son in a ghastly auto-accident, along Kaduna-Abuja road.
Melaye while raising a Point of Order told the Senate during the plenary that Kogi has been completely ostracized from President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
He said it was an injustice not to replace the deceased minister nine months after.
According to him, Kogi people had been deprived of economic, social and political goodwill that go with the ministerial slot.
“We, Kogi People have been ostracized; nine months is too long a time to replace a minister. We have lost so much, we don’t want to lose again,” Melaye said.
The Kogi Senator, however, threatened to carry out what he called “alternative measures” if President Buhari failed to make the replacement as soon as possible.
“Kogi people are not begging. It is our right. If it (replacement) is not done, we will take alternative measures. We have a right to civil disobedience,” he added.
He, therefore, called on the Senate to intervene on the matter to ensure that Kogi got its ministerial slot.
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the plenary, described the development as “unjust and a violation of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended)”.
Ekweremadu, however, called on Buhari to ensure the replacement was done as soon as possible.