APC carpets Jonathan over Obanikoro's nomination
The Lagos Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as
laughable the inclusion of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro in the ministerial
nominees' list sent to the National Assembly for consideration by
President Goodluck Jonathan.
In a statement by the party's Publicity Secretary, Mr Joe Igbokwe, the APC
wondered what value the President is expecting from a minister who
recently resigned from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to add to the
The party said the PDP government cannot take Nigeria and Nigerians to
loftier heights with the recycling of people of questionable character.
The statement reads: “Is Musiliu Obanikoro the only Lagosians qualified to
serve in the Federal Executive Council? As a Minister, Obanikoro recently
left the Jonathan cabinet to pursue a failed governorship ambition.
“Why is it that the President has turned the FEC to a games' room and not
for serious-minded personalities? Is the nomination Jonathan's way of
placating the former minister who lost the PDP governorship ticket in
primary that returned more ballot than the number of accredited delegates?
“How does one explain the nomination of a character, who as a serving
minister has been linked to the audio tape recording of a meeting where
plots were perfected to rig the June 21, 2014 gubernatorial poll in Ekiti
“Should a President, who has respect for the rule of law, nominate such a
character to serve as minister again or recommend him to the appropriate
security agency for investigation and prosecution?
“We, in the APC are of the view that the nomination is President
Jonathan's endorsement for lawlessness and abuse.
“Obanikoro's screening by the National Assembly will be closed monitored
and the APC believes it will not be a 'bow and go' affair for Obanikoro at
the Upper Legislative Chamber.”
The APC insists that the Federal Government must set up a panel to probe
the role played by Obanikoro and the Minister of Police Affairs,
Abduljelili Adesiyan in the infamous audio tape.
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