APC leaders want Buhari to remove Jonathan’s appointees
A fresh crisis is currently brewing in the All Progressives
Congress over the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari
to sack the political appointees of his predecessor,
Some leaders of the ruling party, who faulted Buhari’s
retention of the PDP members, called for their sacking and
the appointment of APC members in their stead.
Besides, some members of the APC also lamented that
Buhari was not helping the party with funds.
A chieftain of the APC in Lagos, who did not want his name
in print, told our correspondent that they had not benefitted
anything from Buhari since he took over power eight
of the Peoples Democratic Party and punishing APC
He said, “President Buhari took over on May 29, 2015 and
has not rewarded APC members. Most of the heads of
departments and agencies are members of the PDP who
worked for Jonathan. For example, Onyeka Onwenu is still
the Director-General of the National Women Centre while
Mike Omeri is still the Director-General of the National
“A former Special Adviser to Jonathan on Media and
Publicity, Mr. Ima Niboro, is still the Managing Director of
the News Agency of Nigeria while Mr.
Director-General of the Nigeria Television Authority .
“There are almost 100 ambassadorial positions that are
supposed to have been filled but these people are still
occupying the offices. We are not asking for security or
sensitive positions but all these appointments I mentioned
are not statutory but merely political.
“Our people who worked so hard and spent money on
Buhari’s campaign are languishing. There are many
competent people in the APC.”
Another APC chieftain, who also craved anonymity, said if
Buhari continued this way, the APC might not be able to
retain power beyond 2019.
He said most of the people that were being appointed by the
President were either northerners or members of the
defunct Congress for Progressive Change.
The party leader added that about 15 of the 36 people
appointed as ministers did not work for the party in the last
elections and were not popular in their states.
He recalled that many of the ministers were rejected by their
state governors and state party chapters because they had
no roots or allegiance to them.
He said, “In Bayelsa State, the Minister of State for
Agriculture and Rural Development, Heineken Lokpobiri,
was a member of the PDP during the elections and he
campaigned for Jonathan. He defected to the APC in
August and was appointed a minister the following month.
And yet, the core APC members were abandoned.
“The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, from
Gombe State, is not an APC member. The Minister of
Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, is not an APC member. The
Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo
Udoma, was a PDP member during the election and there
are many more examples.”