As the Senate gets ready to undergo another round of ministerial screenings tomorrow, October 20, a group, Save Democracy Contingent, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reverse some of his ministerial nominations to avoid a crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Premium Times reports.
According to the group, some of Buhari’s nominees were not members of the APC, and as such do not merit the appointments.
The group stated this in a statement on Sunday jointly signed by its president, Ade Ibitutu, and other officials, namely Ahmed Jibrin, Okon Eta and Chijioke Nkwocha.
Citing cases of some of these ministerial nominees, the SDC alleged that Aisha Abubakar from Sokoto state was nominated for being the daughter of Abubakar Alhaji and niece of Mamman Daura. Zainab Ahmed, the nominee from Kaduna state, was nominated because she is a cousin to the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
The group also claimed that Suleiman Adamu was nominated merely for being Buhari’s nephew while Khadija Abba Bukar Ibrahim was picked because she was the wife of Abba Bukar Ibrahim, the three-time governor of Yobe state.
In the east, the group claimed the appointment of Geoffrey Onyeama from Enugu state cannot be separated from the fact that he was a class mate and friend of Abba Kyari, the chief of staff to the president. Anthony Anwuka, a professor, was nominated because he is an in-law to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state.
The group also criticised the appointment of Okechukwu Enelama, alleging he was a deputy pastor to the vice president.