Confusion in APC  Over Ocholi’s Replacement

By Ikenga Chronicles November 2, 2016

Confusion in APC  Over Ocholi’s Replacement

Another wave of crisis has on Wednesday, November 2 hit  the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State over the move by President Muhammadu Buhari to announce Edward Onoja, the Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Yayaha Bello as a new minister.

Recall that James Ocholi’s  tenure as minister of state for Labour and Employment was cut short as a result of a tragic car crash which claimed his life and those of his wife, Blessing Fatimah and son, Joshua on March 6,2016.

Among the aggrieved stakeholders is the Director-General of the late Prince Abubakar Audu’s 2016 Governorship Campaign Organisation, Daniel Isah who lamented that the ploy to announce Onoja as a replacement for  Ocholi was not only unfortunate, but underscores the level of disdain the APC holds those that voted them to power in Kogi and at the federal level.

According to Isah, ”With the unfortunate demise of James Ocholi and our party leader in Kogi, Prince Abubakar Audu, those of us that fought for the enthronement of APC governments in the state and at the national levels have been abandoned .’’

Commenting on reports that Yahaya Bello, the state’s governor was trying to foist his Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja, on the party’s leaders to fill the ministerial slot, he said such a development would be against the overall interest of the party and the state, as well as negate the spirit of equity and justice.

According to him: “Appointments into sensitive positions like that of a minister should not just be based on friendship or association, but by experience and competence.”

“Onoja who is Governor Bello’s Chief of Staff should be contented with his position at the Government House for now.”

But Femi Kingsley Fanwo, Director General, Media, to Yahaya Bello in his response, described the allegation that attempts were being made by his principal to foist his Chief of Staff on the party for the ministerial position as ludicrous.

“The allegation is laughable and ludicrous. The choice of a minister is the prerogative of the President and not that of the Governor. It is therefore unfortunate that some people are accusing the Governor of slowing down the appointment of a Minister of Kogi origin.

Fanwo added that, “It is not logical to posit that the Governor is slowing down the process so as to push his Chief of Staff for the ministerial slot. The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon. David Edward Onoja is doing a great job at Lugard House. ”

‘’The Governor’s name should not be dragged into the issue. President Muhammadu Buhari is taking his time to ensure the right choice is made from the State and the Governor trusts the discretion of the President.” He said

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