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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

South-West APC slams Buhari over ethnic-based appointments, rejects Saraki, Dogara

South-West states’ chairmen of the APC, have decried the pattern of appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari saying all of them had ethnic slant. They said aside his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, every other appointments so far made by Buhari have been from the core North and all of them northern Muslims. 

The party chairmen also vowed not to recognize the emergence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara until the crisis in the National Assembly is resolved by the party. In a joint statement they issued yesterday, the chairmen vowed to resist any attempt by some elements in the party to humiliate the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 



The statement was signed by Chief Henry Ajomale (Lagos), Prince Gboyega Famoodun (Osun), Alhaji Roqeeb Adeniji (Ogun), Chief Akin Oke of Oyo State, Chief Olajide Awe (Ekiti) and Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, (Ondo). According to them, if this move is not halted, the reaction of the region could have dire consequences. 

The APC chairmen insisted that “the two presiding officers of the National Assembly should apologise to the party to avoid compounding their problems.” They warned that they would soon break their silence over the ill-treatment of Tinubu by some elements in the APC. The chairmen urged “those trying either to intimidate or embarrass Tinubu to retrace their steps as the South-West’s response will shock everyone to the foundation.”
 Tinubu had rejected the emergence of Saraki, insisting that the Senate President should apologise to him for the coup. But Tinubu, who controls the party in the South-West seems to be alone on this matter as President Muhammadu Buhari and key APC officials had accepted Saraki and Dogara as NASS leaders.

By Olawale Kadir

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