The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint only core and committed members of the party as ministers.
It said the president should resist the temptation of appointing those who want to reap where they did not sow, or persons who would constitute a cog in the wheel of progress.
Chairman Ben Nwoye, who spoke after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting at the party’s secretariat, noted that state chapters across the country suffered serious setbacks during the first tenure of President Buhari due to appointment of non-core party members as ministers and into other key positions.
The party, which passed a vote of confidence in Buhari and the Nwoye-led exco, posited that engaging opportunists, or those who do not sincerely believe in the APC philosophy and Mr. President’s next level agenda, would be counter-productive, especially at the state level.
According to Nwoye, such non-core member ministers would always use their position to engineer crisis for their selfish interest in their states.
He insisted that for APC to change its perceived negative narrative in some states, the president should assemble a formidable cabinet members made up of men and women who truly believe in the party’s supremacy.
He said: “We call on Mr. President, not to make the mistake of appointing non-core members of our party as ministers but he should rather engage those who have contributed immensely to the progress of the APC, and sincerely believe in its ideology to help him drive the next level agenda.”
The party also appealed to the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and the National working committee (NWC), to lift the suspension of one of its chieftains and Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, who was suspended some for alleged anti-party activities.
He said: “We appeal to our National Chairman and the NWC to reconsider their position on the suspension of one of our members, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, who is a core committed APC member, and ardent supporter of Mr. President.
He has contributed immensely to the growth and progress of the party in Enugu State and Nigeria.
“Mr. Okechukwu has always been at the fore front of promoting the APC led federal government’s programme and policies, including the next level agenda. He remains one of the party’s strong pillars in Enugu State.
“The party also thank President Buhari for appointing Mrs. Maria Aniobi, from Aninri Local Government Area, as a member of the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission (RMFC) board. We assure him that she will not let him and the party down.”