Ministerial List: APC Leaders In S’East Should Be Held Accountable, Not Tinubu – Osita Okechukwu

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, Osita Okechukwu, has absolved President Bola Tinubu of any blame in the nomination of only five people from the South East as members of his cabinet.

Criticism had trailed Tinubu’s ministerial list, with some South East leaders accusing him of marginalising the zone. While the South East got its statutory five slots out of the 48 nominees, other zones got extra slots.

But answering questions from journalists in Enugu, yesterday, Okechukwu, a founding member of APC, said South East APC leaders should be blamed for the development.

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According to Okechukwu, who is the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON): “I am not President Tinubu’s apologist.However we must be diligent by adopting pragmatic analysis.

“We should blame APC leaders from the zone who, instead of genuine advancement of South East interest, were more or less petty in their lobby strategy. After all, one chairs the APC Governors Forum, a foremost power bloc, and the other was already in the Senate.

“To be honest, I was worried when I noticed them blocking our first eleven, and one ridiculously was busy routing for himself as if he is the only qualified person from his state. Their strategy was akin to chasing rats, while others were bidding for elephants.”

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Accused of playing blame games to gain favour, as Tinubudoes not need any lobby strategy to give the region its due, Okechukwu reminded journalists that it is on record that he was the only one who, in December 2021, publicly appealed to Tinubu “to support an Igbo in the race. According to him, his men replied instantly that the “kingmaker wants to be king.”


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