The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomole, on Monday, questioned the credibility of those criticising the 43 ministerial list submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Senate for screening.
Oshiomole made his position known when he addressed State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
The APC party leader, who was reacting to criticism that the list was based on political patronage, said in the contrary the list was meant to boost formation of an all-inclusive government.
Oshiomole, who descended heavily on the critics, said the president was magnanimous to have nominated up to two ministers from state that contributed less than five percent of the President’s votes in the 2019 Presidential election.
Oshio said: “Whose credibility? How credible are some of those who are talking?
“The point is that I don’t know if there is a Nigerian who knows every Nigerian.
“Even as I can say that I have worked for Nigerian people at all levels, as a worker in a factory, as President of the NLC, as governor of a state and now as a national chairman of a party, there are too many Nigerians I will never be able to know.
“The screening process is meant to enable those watching, it is not for nothing that it is televised, it is to enable Nigerians see who these people are.
“But you will find that people started dismissing the list even before they saw it, just like some other things that Nigerians dismiss without knowing the meaning.
“So, what you and I should insist on is that in the President’s second term, in this next level, our party, our government at the centre, state and local government level must deliver. That is the entry point for every Nigerian.
“And when you talk of patronage, should we appoint…have you heard of Americans appointing Russians because they are experts to go and preside over their Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)?
“Even in your newspapers do you invite me as APC chairman to come and write your editorial? He queried
According to Oshiohmole, the president has shown the capacity to patronize all geo-political zones of the country including where he did not win election.
Recently, the PDP had asked the Nigerian senate to forward the ministerial list as submitted by president Buhari to the EFCC.