– There is anxiety over President Muhammadu Buhari’s expected ministerial list –
– There are strong indications that some key APC members might get selected by the president- Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Chief Niyi Adebayo and Chief George Moghalu have been mentioned
A report by New Telegraph indicates that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Chief Niyi Adebayo and Chief George Moghalu might be selected as ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term.The trio are current members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)’s National Working Committee (NWC).Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo state is the current national chairman, Adebayo who is a former governor of Ekiti state is the deputy national chairman (south), while Moghalu, a former governorship aspirant in Anambra state is the current national auditor of the party..According to the report, the national leadership of the APC is on the verge of organising its NWC in order to restore members confidence and tame the crisis in the party’s leadership.
The report quoted a source in the presidency saying the restructuring of the party would take the form of pulling some NWC members away and injecting new members to restore confidence of members in the leadership of the party.“Some NWC members would be appointed ministers, while some will get ambassadorial posting.“Among those that would be appointed ministers are the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole (Edo); deputy national chairman south, Chief Niyi Adebayo (Ekiti) and the national suditor, Chief George Moghalu (Anambra),” the source said.
It would be recalled that the APC deputy national chairman North, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, had last month, asked Oshiomhole to resign, accusing him of causing the poor performance of the party in some states the last general elections.According to Shuaibu, that APC lost state governorship elections, national and state assembly seats as a result of lack of capacity on the part of the national chairman.Also, the former APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, accused the APC NWC of trading the party’s primaries.APC national legal adviser, Mr. Babatunde Ogala, had last year, written to Oshiomhole, accusing him of usurping his position in the NWC.But, the presidential source said that the APC national chairman cannot be singled out for blame for the crisis that rocked the party’s primaries as he could not have acted in isolation.
According to the source, the party leadership believes that the NWC should be pruned by at least 50% to restore credibility to the party leadership.To achieve this, the presidency and some national leadership members of the APC have agreed that some NWC members will be eased out by being made ministers, ambassadors and head of government agencies.The APC NWC is made up of 21 members and about 12 of them might be relieved of their positions in the party’s NWC.
Meanwhile, a recent media report indicates that one of the factors delaying the selection of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list is the serious internal wrangling/intrigues rocking the ruling party, which has caused the president to prevaricate.According to the report, the south-west zone is where intrigues are most contentious and the intra-party rivalry vicious.Feelers are that Buhari, and indeed the presidency may have decided to keep the ministerial list discreet in order to fence the likes of National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and stop them from having undue influence and advantage.