- Former members of the CPC in the southwest said they have been sidelined
- CPC is one of the parties that formed the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014
- The president loyalists in the region noted that despite their efforts before Buhari assumed office in 2015, none of them have been given any position to serve Nigeria
Some APC members loyal to President Muhamadu Buhari in the southwest have cried over an alleged foul play in the appointment slots ceded to the region.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the party members who are of the defunct Congress of Progressives Change (CPC) extraction expressed their disappointment in a statement issued on Sunday, February 7, and seen by Legit.ng
The aggrieved party members were drawn from Oyo, Osun Ekiti, Ondo and Lagos states.
The aggrieved supporters expressed their disappointment barely days after the president nominated the recently retired service chiefs for non-career ambassadorial positions.
They alleged that most of the capable and devoted party leaders who worked for President Buhari's election in 2011 under the then CPC and later in 2015 and 2019 under the All Progressives Congress (APC) have been neglected.
According to them, they are competent and professionals in their various endeavours, who organised several programmes to support Buhari before, during and after the elections, adding that, they also deserve to be given responsibilities.
A stakeholder of the then CPC in Ogun state, Comrade Adeyemi Idowu, said:
"I can tell you that the appointments have been lopsided, especially in the southwest. It has only favoured members of the former Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). I know many educated captains of industries, even astute politicians who rallied support for President Buhari during their time in the CPC, the party he founded but didn't get any appointment till date. They're still being shortchanged in the APC even after the merger with ACN and ANPP, which produced President Buhari as the flagbearer."
Citing names, Comrade Adeyemi said in Ogun state, there are Hon. Lanre Kuku, Fatai Olatunji; Olufemi Olaore, Hammed Elegbeleye in Oyo; Wole Adunola, Kola Olabisi in Osun; Adewale Agboola Dixon, Owa Babatunde in Ekiti; Soji Ehinlanwo, Damilola Oluyemi and Hamisu Mohammed in Ondo, among others.
"These were confirmed President Buhari loyalists, who gave their best for him while in CPC and even in APC. They spent personal funds, energy and risked their lives, yet, many of them in the southwest have not been offered political appointments despite their proficiencies. This isn't fair."
Another aggrieved party member, Lekan Yusuf, an executive of Buhari Youth Organisation (BYO) in Surulere, Lagos state, said there are many personalities who worked for President Buhari in Lagos.
He said they included, Thomas Adu, Olufemi Adeniregun, Blessing Okere, late Chief EmiAbata Balogun and Amb. Abayomi Nurain Mumuni, who was among the major financiers of BYO across the major states in Nigeria.
Why southwest loyalists were short-changed
The former CPC secretary in Lagos, Comrade Tope Balogun said many states of the southwest zone have almost similar experiences, adding that the situation in Lagos state is the most devastating.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the lawmaker representing Osun West senatorial district at the National Assembly, Senator Adelere Oriolowo, declared that Bola Tinubu's quest to become the president is a Nigerian agenda.
It was reported that the senator insisted that the plan to support Tinubu is not only limited to the southwest. He went on to emphasise that the development being experienced in Lagos state started with him.