The All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos State chapter has described the addition of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, in the ministerial nominees’ list as laughable Punch reports.
The party in a statement by Mr. Joe Igbokwe, its Publicity Secretary, wondered what value a minister who recently resigned from the Federal Executive Council would add to the nation.
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Read the statement below:
“Is Musiliu Obanikoro the only Lagosian 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 a 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 governorship poll in Ekiti State?
“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 of lawlessness and abuse.
“Obanikoro’s screening by the National Assembly will be closely monitored and the APC believes it will not be a ‘bow and go’ affair for Obanikoro at the upper legislative chamber.”
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It futher said that Jonathan’s endorsement of Obanikoro was an evidence that the President did not care about fighting corruption.
The party insists that a panel must be set up to probe Obanikoro and Abduljelili Adesiyan, the Minister of Police Affairs for their alleged role in the rigging of the Ekiti State elections which was purportedly recorded on audio.
It would be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan sent eight ministerial nominees to the National Assembly for consideration which included the former Minister of State for Defence.