Stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti Southwest Local Government Area of Ekiti State have supported the nomination of human rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana, as a minister in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
At an emergency meeting held in Ado Ekiti yesterday, they said that Falana was eminently qualified for the office of a minister based on his antecedents as an advocate of good governance and a defender of human rights.
The Ekiti Southwest APC leaders condemned those they referred to as “mischief makers who wrote petitions to blackmail Falana challenging his nomination on grounds that he is not a card-carrying member of the party in Ekiti State.”
The meeting was attended by former House of Assembly members, former local government chairmen, former state party executive committee members and all party executives in all the wards in Ilawe Ekiti community, where Falana hails from.
A communiqué signed by all the party leaders was read by Bunmi Akinniyi, former state organising secretary of the APC.
According to the local APC chiefs, the appointment of Falana whom they described as a “completely neutral person” is the best thing that could happen to the party in the state for now, as the legal luminary would be in the best position to rally all factions for success in future elections.
They said: “President Muhammadu Buhari has promised Nigerians that by September 2015 he would appoint his cabinet members. The meeting noted that this unpatriotic action is least expected against the person of Mr. Femi Falana who is not only known as a crusader for good governance and a defender of human rights, but who, as a political leader, had used his professional knowledge and material resources to support ACN and APC in Ekiti State and particularly, in Ekiti Southwest Local Government where he hails from.
“The meeting expressed appreciation to Mr. President for deeming itfit to nominate our forthright, incorruptible Femi Falana (SAN) to join other patriotic Nigerians in his cabinet to fight corruption and return Nigeria to her past glory.
“The meeting urged Mr. President, the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, as well as all members of the National Executive Committee and other patriotic party leaders to discountenance the unscrupulous petitions and weigh the efforts of Mr. Femi Falana for ACN and APC, his long years of advocacy for good governance in Nigeria and his ability to assist Mr. President in his efforts to fight corruption against frivolous excuses.”

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