A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Ebiye Uyaterimor Johnny, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that only verified members of the party are appointed into various positions in his second term, Igbere TV reports.
Igbere TV reports that Johnny accused the APC leadership of secretly recommending members of the opposition for various appointments in 2015, saying, “such mistakes must not repeat itself in 2019.”
In a statement issued to Igbere TV on Thursday, the APC chieftain said that a situation where members of the party who worked tirelessly for the president’s victory are relegated, will no longer be accepted.
Accusing those he described as opposition appointees of trying to subvert the peoples will by working against Buhari’s reelection, he insisted that any attempt to reappoint such persons, especially in the Niger Delta region, will strongly be resisted.
While congratulating President Buhari on his reelection, the APC chieftain said the Next Level agenda can only be actualised when the right people who are core, verified and registered members of the party, are appointed to drive the agenda.
Johnny, who accused a former governor in the South South of anti-party activities, called on the president to be wary of such appointee who he said is working closely with an ex-militant to undermine his (Buhari) government in the next four years.
Describing a situation where opposition members were allowed to head “sensitive positions” as laughable, Johnny said such act led to the setbacks recorded by Buhari between 2015 and 2019, and wondered why the APC would make such a ‘mistake’ when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) “never appointed” opposition while in power from 1999-2015.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that all recommended appointees for agencies such as NDDC, NIMASA are brought under security scrutiny, insisting that those who worked against the party must not be allowed to reap from where they did not sow.
*“As usual, after elections come harvest (appointments). Mr. President, please be guided accordingly, all persons to be recommended or nominated for federal appointments must be verified to be duly registered members of APC, and must be cleared by the All Progressives Congress APC, from National Working Committee NWC, Zonal Working Committee, State Working Committee, Local Government, Ward Executive and Unit Executive.*
“This is necessary becuase people should not be given undue opportunity to reap from where they didn’t sow.
“Mr. President, it will interest you to know that this former Governor in South South is going about and pushing for the appointment of a known member of the opposition party who was a member of the Presidential Campaign Organization of an opposition party in the just concluded Presidential election.
“These are people that worked against Mr. President and APC in the last Presidential election, therefore, it is very difficult to explain why a former Governor who is an APC prominent leader in South South would be pushing for the appointment of members of opposition party into the APC government.
“Mr. President, any list emanating from South South for federal appointments must be thoroughly investigated and names of persons on such list should be subjected to not just APC NWC , but also the EFCC and relevant security agencies scrutiny.
“Persons and members of opposition party who sworn to work against President Buhari and actually mobilized resources to ensure President Buhari and APC does not win Delta State in the just concluded Presidential and Governorship elections cannot be allowed to be appointed by President Buhari.
“I am appealing to all APC leaders in South South to be careful not to betray President Buhari by their actions. Projecting or recommending registered and verified members of opposition party, especially the People’s Democratic Party PDP in South South to President Buhari for federal appointment is an act betrayal.
“Mr. President, very importantly, please ensure that all nominations for appointments for Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Office of Presidential Amnesty Programme, NIMASA, are verified and registered members of All Progressives Congress APC in South South region, as doing so will help to compliment and facilitate your laudable agenda and efforts to the development of Niger Delta region.
“Finally, and once again, I congratulate you on your re-election victory and also commend your efforts toward the development of the Niger Delta region,” the statement read in part.