Members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo State are currently trading words as Nigerians await Muhammadu Buhari’s naming of his cabinet members.
The APC members are locking horns over the ministerial slot for the State, leading to petitions and counter-petitions.
Some APC support groups in the State, in a petition made available to Journalists which was addressed to President Buhari, asked him not to consider the duo of former Imo Deputy-Governor and former Senator representing Imo West in the National Assembly as Ministers.
In separate letters to the President, the groups, Imo APC Footsoldiers, Imo Patriots’ Front and Concerned Imo APC Stakeholders, alleged among other things that the duo of Senator Hope Uzodimma and Prince Eze Madumere were not inclined to the Next Level manifesto of the President, and therefore will be wrong casts to represent Imo State on the Federal Executive Council.
The Imo Concerned APC Stakeholders advised the President to demand the polling booth, ward and LGA results of those angling to be appointed Ministers.
The group argued that “a Minister needs to be politically strong and trustworthy among his people, in order to, apart from helping to actualize the President’s vision in his second term, also help in rebuilding the Party in the State, considering the poor showing of the Party in the last elections.”
The group also accused some people it described as ‘Party hijackers’ of being responsible for the Party’s poor showing in the last elections, especially, the Presidential and National Assembly elections, where the APC only won two House of Representatives seats and one Senate seat.
The group gave credit to the leadership of the immediate past Governor of the State, Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha for helping to sustain the Party in the State.
The Imo Patriots’ Front, who wrote specifically against the nomination of the immediate past Deputy- Governor of the State as Minister alleged among other things that “Madumere is politically weak and could not win his polling booth in all the elections of 2019.”
Another group, the Imo APC Footsoldiers adduced ten reasons Senator Hope Uzodimma is not eligible to serve in the Next Level cabinet.
The group accused Chief Uzodimma of being behind the poor showing of the Party in the State, and also of unable to “clear his name of several allegations bordering on graft, certificate forgery and breach of contract.”
They argued that the President will be rewarding indolence by appointing the Omuma-born former Lawmaker as a Minister.