Buhari gave two ministerial slots to Anambra, despite low votes - Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday praised President Muhammadu Buhari for what he described as his “magnanimity,” having nominated two ministers from a “state that contributed less than five per cent of his votes in the 2019 presidential election.”

In particular, Oshiomhole mentioned Anambra State, where, he said, Buhari nominated two individuals, even when “he got less than five percent of presidential votes there.”

He also questioned the credibility of those criticising the 43-man ministerial list submitted by Buhari to the Senate for screening.

Oshiohmole made his position known when he addressed State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja on Monday.

The APC chairman, who was reacting to criticism that the ministerial list was based on political patronage, said that, rather, the list was meant to boost formation of an all-inclusive government.

Oshiohmole, who descended heavily on the critics, said the President was magnanimous to have nominated up to two ministers from state that contributed less than five per cent of the President’s votes in the 2019 presidential election.

He said: “Whose credibility? How credible are some of those who are talking? The point is that, I don’t know if there is a Nigerian who knows every Nigerian.

“Even as I can say that I have worked for Nigerian people at all levels, as a worker in a factory, as president of the NLC, as governor of a state and now as a national chairman of a party, there are too many Nigerians I will never be able to know.

“The screening process is meant to enable those watching… it is not for nothing that it is televised, it is to enable Nigerians see who these people are.

“But you will find that people started dismissing the list even before they saw it, just like some other things that Nigerians dismiss without knowing the meaning.

“So, what you and I should insist on is that in the President’s second term, in this next level, our party, our government at the centre, state and local government level must deliver. That is the entry point for every Nigerian.

“And when you talk of patronage, should we appoint… have you heard of Americans appointing Russians because they are experts to go and preside over their Ministries, Departments and Agencies?

“Even in your newspapers, do you invite me as APC chairman to come and write your editorial? He queried

According to Oshiohmole, the President has shown the capacity to patronise all geo-political zones of the country, including where he did not win election.

He said: “Otherwise, where we got less than five percent, I saw two ministers coming from that state (Anambra), in spite of the fact that he got less than five percent votes there.

“That speaks volumes about a large heart, to accommodate, appreciate and to have an all-inclusive government.”

The APC boss, who narrated his achievements so far, expressed optimism that the incoming ministers would perform creditably well after taking oath of office in a few days’ time.

“I am very optimistic that these ministers coming, all of us working together, the party, the executive which the ministers belong and the National Assembly where we have overwhelming majority, we have what it takes to take Nigeria to the next level and the next level we are going there,” he said


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