Ministerial list: Nwajiuba defects to APC 24 hours after nomination

Ministerial list: Nwajiuba defects to APC 24 hours after nomination

- Honourable Emeka Nwajiuba has formally defected from Accord Party to the All Progressives Congress

- The federal lawmaker from Imo is the state's nominee in the ministerial list released by President Muhammadu Buhari

- Nwajiuba, who represents Ehime Mbano/Ihite Uboma/Obowo federal constituency in the state was a member of Accord party

Barely 24 hours after his announcement as one of President Mu‎hammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees, House of Representatives member, Emeka Nwajiuba has formally defected from Accord Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Nwajiuba’s defection was contained in a letter read on Wednesday, July 24 on the floor of the House during plenary by the presiding deputy speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase.

The Imo lawmaker was recently the beneficiary of a court verdict that ousted his predecessor, Chike Okafor of the APC.

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The court held that Okafor was not validly nominated by the APC.

Until his defection to Accord,‎ however, Nwajiuba, who represents Ehime Mbano/Ihite Uboma/Obowo federal constituency of Imo state, ‎was of the APC.

Known as a core Buharist, it was therefore not surprising when Nwajiuba’s name surfaced, as one of the 43 ministerial nominees despite belonging to an opposition political party.

He is reputed to be a foundation member of the APC and was the secretary of the constitution drafting committee which produced the document that gave birth to APC.

He had also sserved in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2003,

To become a minister, he will have to resign his membership of the House of Reps.

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Meanwhile, natives of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have described President Buhari’s failure to include any of them in the 43-man ministerial list sent to the National Assembly for screening and confirmation as provocative and a questioning of their Nigerian citizenship and identity.

In a statement jointly signed by Danladi Jeji and others on behalf of several indigenous groups in the territory and released in Abuja on Tuesday, July 23, the FCT natives described the continued exclusion of the people as an affront to their citizenship within the Nigerian federation.

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