The lawmaker, representing Kogi Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Ahmed Salau Ogembe, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to immediately fill the vacuum created by the demise of former minister of state for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi.
Ogembe, in a statement issued yesterday, noted that Ocholi’s sudden demise, had left the People of Kogi state disenfranchised, and without representation in the President’s cabinet.
He therefore urged President Buhari, to urgently fill the Kogi Ministerial Slot by shopping for a competent nominee to serve as replacement from the state.
The statement read: “I wish to draw the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to the vacuum created by the sudden and painful death of one Kogi’s illustrious sons, James Ocholi, who served as Minister of State for Labour and Productivity before his demise which occurred on March 6, 2016.
“May I state that his death, which came as a shock to many across the country, has left the People of Kogi State disenfranchised, as we are yet to have another representative in the Cabinet of Ministers.
“I therefore appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, to as a matter of urgency, appoint a replacement who should be a nominee from Kogi State, so as to address the issue of even representation as provided for by the Constitution, and in accordance with the Federal Character principle.
“In making his selection, I urge the President to give first consideration only to deserving nominees who have distinguished themselves in their respective career path as outstanding individuals. Doing so I believe, will go a long way towards enhancing the vision and performance of his administration,” Senator Ogembe Added.
Recall that Ocholi, who until his death on March 6, 2016 served as Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, died in ghastly car crash long the Abuja-Kaduna expressway. He lost his son and wife under same circumstance.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ocholi sought the APC gubernatorial ticket at the party’s primary election, but lost to the late Abubakar Audu. He was appointed minister in 2015.
Originally posted 2016-08-12 16:02:14.