A group, Akwa Ibom Think Tank, yesterday rejected the confirmation of Senator Udo Udoma as minister from Akwa Ibom State because it was in violation of the change mantra of the All Progressives Congress, APC government.
The group said the nomination and confirmation of the former senator was a breach of the principles of change, justice and equity preached by the party noting that it was also out of tune with the statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that he would choose people who had worked and toiled with him.
The group’s coordinator, Mr. Akan Bassey, quoted the President as stating thus, “If I select people whom I know quite well in my political party, whom we came all the way right from the APP, CPC and APC, and have remained together in good or bad situations, the people who I have confidence in and I can trust them with any post, will that amount to anything wrong? I have been with them throughout our trying times, what then is the reward of such dedication and suffering?”
The group then wondered why the president had chosen a non-member of the party while the likes of Group Capt Sam Ewang (rtd) who championed the pro Buhari campaign in Akwa Ibom State and Senator John James Udoedehe, who paid dearly for the principled stand they took for the party, were abandoned.
“Indeed conventional wisdom dictates that those who have worked for the party and are technocrats within their fields need to be rewarded with a call to service.
“Equally, It will be unjust for people who have laboured for the party to be discarded for 12th hour decampees or turn coat politicians. This brings to my mind the ministerial list sent to the senate notably that of Akwa Ibom state,” it said and demanded a change of the minister confirmed by the senate for Akwa Ibom state.

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