By Elizabeth Chukuwma
Those using their contacts in the Presidency and the All Progressive Congress, APC, leadership, to lobby for appointment into the President Muhammadu’s government would be disappointed. This is because the Katsina state born Nigeria President has made it clear to those that cares to listen including Abba Kyari , the Chief of Staff ,and the Cabal Cabal in the Presidency that ”appointment would be based on merit”. This is an indication that politicians holding ministerial or other key appointments in the government who could not deliver their states to the party in the last general elections may be kicked out in this his second term in office.
This may have forced the likes of Rotimi Amaechi. a former governor of Rivers state and minister of Transportation, who incidentally served as Director General, APC Presidential Campaign Council, APCPCO, to do everything within his powers to put his name on the list of ministers who delivered their states to APC, to retain his ministerial position. The delay by Mahmood Yakubu, a Professor and Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to give the nod to the Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC as well as appoint a new Returning officer or allow the former one to conclude the Collation and announcement of the governorship and states Assembly result in the state speaks volume. The parties are hiding under the cover of the Court process to play politics with the announcement of the state result, which was believed to have been won by Nyeson Wike, incumbent Peoples Democratic governor of the state.
The President may not have made matters worse for the lobbyists who think that appointment into the new government would be an all APC affair where all ministerial and other key appointments into government agencies were reserved for the party members, when he declared that he was going to” run an all inclusive government”, an indication of a national spread in his appointments to give every part of the country a sense of belonging” .
Samson Ayokunle, a Clergy man , who led the CAN delegation to the Presidential villa, was said to have used the opportunity to call on the APC, which has majority in the National Assembly to ensure that there is ethnic and religious balance in the selection of the leadership of the ninth Assembly.
They may have been forced to speak out because of a recent Statement credited to Adams Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo state and national Chairman of the APC, that the party elected Lawmakers should use their majority in the Senate and House of Representative s to their advantage by ensuring that the lawmakers from the main Opposition party, PDP, did not get any Committee Chairmanship, an indication of a party leader playing the spoiler’s role and further polarising the country.
Note that in his first term in office the
This time around. the people of the two geopolitical regions may have
Notwithstanding the pressures on him from different quarters in the north, to use his position to further marginalise states that did not vote for APC, in the last general elections, he may have realised his mistakes in the last four years of his Administration , that he is prepared to make amend, not to be ranked as sectional leader.
He had promised CAN