A groups of Nigerians residing in Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State have through their lawyer, Okoi Obono-Obla petitioned the National Human Rights Commission to restrained the Chairman of Ogoja Local Government Council, Madam Rita Agbo Agim from infringing further on their fundamental rights to freedom from discrimination, freedom of political relief, thought, conviction, expression and association as guaranteed by the Chapter IV of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
The Petitioners, Alhaji Abdulkarimu Adamu; Alhaji Audu Garba, Sarkin Pawa, Ogoja; Basiru Isa; Uba Adamu; Muhammed Danjume; Muhammed Umar and Hashiru Bello who are political appointees and employers of Ogoja Local Government Council alleged that the Chairman of Ogoja Local Government Council, Madam Rita Agbo Agim dismissed them because she alleged that they voted for the All Progressives Congress’s Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari in the 28th March 2015 presidential election rather than her Party, the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, President Good luck Jonathan.
The Petitioners said although their forebears came from various parts of the North West, North Central and North Eastern Regions of the country they were born, bred and have continually contributed to the socio- economic development of Ogoja and are indeed bona fida citizens of Ogoja Local Government Area of Cross River State of Nigeria and therefore should not suffer any discrimination on grounds of ethnicity, conviction and belief.
The Petitioners therefore prayed that the National Human Rights Commission to promptly conduct a public hearing on this matter; direct the Chairman of Ogoja Local Government Council of Cross River State, Madam Rita Agbo Agim to immediately rescind her decision to dismiss them from their appointments; restrain her from further infringing on the fundamental human rights; Caution and reprimand her and order her to pay them general/exemplary damages of N20 Million.
Here is the petition.