President Muhammadu Buhari has flagged-off the much publicized presidential retreat for Ministers-designate.
Sources had reported that the Presidency had announced a two-day special retreat for incoming Ministers from Aug. 19 – 21, 2019.
The Ministers-designate, according to a statement, would be formally sworn in at the Presidential Villa, on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Our State House correspondent reports that Federal Permanent Secretaries and top government functionaries are in attendance in today’s event.
Also in attendance are the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, some State Governors, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; and Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
The event is taking place at the conference centre of the presidential villa, FCT, Abuja.
The two-day retreat is a prelude to the formal swearing-in of new Ministers on Wednesday.
Here are some pictures of the ongoing summit as obtained:-
The Federal High Court Abuja, on Monday, refused to grant a request stopping President Muhammadu Buhari from inaugurating the 43 ministerial nominees over the exclusion of an FCT indigene from his cabinet list.
The applicant, Mr Musa Baba-panya, who was also the counsel in the case, had, on Thursday, approached the court with an exparte motion, asking the court to stop the president from going ahead on the inauguration.
In suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/878/19, Baba-panya, who is also an indigene of Karu in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), said the president’s action was contrary to an Appeal Court’s judgment delivered on March 15, 2018.
President Buhari is the 1st defendant while the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) is the 2nd defendant in the case.
Baba-panya, who argued that the Appeal Court’s ruling was a compelling order, said it was served on the president through the AGF.
The lawyer, in an originating summon dated Aug. 7 and filed Aug. 8, said that,
”The 43 confirmed ministerial appointees now awaiting swearing-in or inauguration as the Federal Executive Council is incomplete, illegal, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”
Justice Taiwo Taiwo, however, noted that the suit was coming rather too late and therefore there might be no reason to stop the inauguration.
Buhari would swear-in the 43 ministers-designate earlier confirmed by the Senate on Aug. 21 at the Federal Executive Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.