From: Madu Ezenoha, Enugu
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Enugu state chapter on Monday staged a strong protest against the appointment of non APC members from the state into federal positions by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party said that non APC members are displacing those who suffered for the party in the state.
Addressing a press conference after the State Executive Committee (SEC) meeting at the party’s secretariat in Enugu, the state chairman of the party, Dr. Ben Nwoye, stated that the party particularly frowns at the recent appointment of Chief (Mrs.) Lawretta Aniagolu and one Engr. Uzor as members of Boards of Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
The party also listed the earlier appointments of Justice Pearl Enejere (rtd) as the chairman of governing council of Othman Danfodio University, Sokoto; and Dr. Joseph Ilo as the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) representing Enugu’s slot.
The party said the appointees were not only members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but staunch critics of the APC in the state.
The APC accused the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and the Senior Special Adviser (SSA) to the President on Judial Review, Barr. (Mrs) Juliet Ibekaku of having made the recommendations, even when 90 percent of all the appointees are from the same Eke Ward, in Udi local government area of Enugu state.
Dr. Nwoye said the SEC and other leaders of the party in the state had resolved to petition President Buhari, Senate President, Bukola Saraki and other leaders of the party over the continued neglect of real party members and lopsided appointments from the state.
“To crown it all, those who made these recommendations, are not friends of the President, they do not wish Mr. President well and they do not wish the country well.
“Our investigation reveals that it is the same person who is not a member of our party, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is also from Eke ward in Udi LGA, and is a cousin to Lawretta Aniagolu. We don’t run political parties in that fashion, its a political appointment but he cares not about the political implications of the recommendations he made.
“The same manner Barr. Juliet Ibekaku, who also does not care about political implications of recommendations she made, recommended her immediate cousin, Dr. Joseph Ilo to become the REC,” he charged.
Nwoye said that the party’s constitution forbids members of APC taking appointments from PDP governments or any other opposition government and that despite the sufferings and lack of employment, party faithful agreed to suffer in the state and refused to taste the carrot.
“So in the same vein, the principle of reciprocity should have applied; I believe that the spirit of APC constitution forbids APC leadership from giving jobs to non members of APC, especially those who opposed our government.
“Lawretta Aníagolu is not a member of APC. She currently serves in the advisory council of the PDP government in Enugu state. She is currently championing the development of Enugu’s HELIU city. Lawreta Aniagolu funds PDP in Enugu state, she campaigned and fought against us in Enugu state, she aided and abetted those who wanted to see the destruction of APC in Enugu state.
“With regard to Engr. Uzor, he is the immediate younger brother of past chief of staff in Enugu state, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo.
“We have come a long way in our democracy where we can no longer fold our arms and allow things go wrong. Enugu state does not belong to certain segment of people, it belongs to all of us and we all must stand up and defend the cause of Enugu state.
“Appointments are not done in a nepotistic fashion, if they are done, the system, the fabric of the society will be left for destruction,” he lamented.