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APC Group rejects nomination of Senator Udoma as Minister

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A political support group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has rejected the nomination of Senator Udoma Udo Udoma by President Muhamadu Buhari for Ministerial Appointment.

The group states they are basing their opposition on the fact that “Senator Udoma Udo Udoma is a card carrying member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and an inner caucus member of the Mr. Udom Emmanuel’s government which was forcefully imposed on us by Chief Godswill Akpabio before he proceeded to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

In a statement made available to Elombah.com and signed by Mr. Solomon Akpan, Director of Information, the political group stated they approached Senator Udoma Udo Udoma to contest the 2015 governorship election under the platform of APC but Udoma told them “straight and rigid-that he is a committed member of the Peoples Democratic Party and would not want to mess himself up with opposition politics.”

“He has never thought that All Progressives Congress will ever rule Nigeria. Apart from this fact, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma is so isolated from Akwa Ibom masses and handing him such political profile will not in any way improve the fortune of APC in Akwa Ibom State”.

The group argued that “There are many seasoned technocrats, bureaucrats and properly groomed men and women with impeccable character in all fields of human endeavor who took the challenge, put their lives and resources on the line for the growth of opposition politics in Akwa Ibom State, an action which Sen. Udoma dreaded. It is only reasonable and acceptable that His Excellency, President Muhamadu Buhari picks a candidate from these group of party men who we have confidence, shall properly interpret and implement the party’s Change Agenda in line with Mr. President’s plan of redirecting our country from the Abyss which PDP thrown her into in the last sixteen years.”

Below is the full text of the Press Statement:

Press Statement on the Reported Nomination of Senator Udoma Udo Udoma by President Muhamadu Buhari for Ministerial Appointment.

APC Canvassers Movement is a political support group of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and has been involved in the struggle for change from Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and later, All Progressives Congress when other political parties successfully merged last year. We are registered with our great party and recognized as the first such group by the National organ of our great Party, APC and graded as ‘A’ having chapters across the 36 states of the federation.

Available media reports regarding the about to be formed federal executive council by His Excellency, President Muhamadu Buhari, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria indicate that Distinguished Senator Udoma Udo Udoma has been nominated and forwarded to the Senate for screening and possible appointment as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to fill Akwa Ibom State slot in the Federal Executive Council. 

If these reports are correct, we reject it in totality because it will not add any value to our great party and her members in Akwa Ibom State. The reason is that Senator Udoma Udo Udoma is a card carrying member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and an inner caucus member of the Mr. Udom Emmanuel’s government which was forcefully imposed on us by Chief Godswill Akpabio before he proceeded to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

As a political group, we have directly and through the use of top dignitaries approached Senator Udoma Udo Udoma to contest the 2015 governorship election under the platform of our great party, the APC. His reaction has been very straight and rigid-that he is a committed member of the Peoples Democratic Party and would not want to mess himself up with opposition politics. He has never thought that All Progressives Congress will ever rule Nigeria. Apart from this fact, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma is so isolated from Akwa Ibom masses and handing him such political profile will not in any way improve the fortune of APC in Akwa Ibom State.

There are many seasoned technocrats, bureaucrats and properly groomed men and women with impeccable character in all fields of human endeavor who took the challenge, put their lives and resources on the line for the growth of opposition politics in Akwa Ibom State, an action which Sen. Udoma dreaded. It is only reasonable and acceptable that His Excellency, President Muhamadu Buhari picks a candidate from these group of party men who we have confidence, shall properly interpret and implement the party’s Change Agenda in line with Mr. President’s plan of redirecting our country from the Abyss which PDP thrown her into in the last sixteen years.

We concede that Mr. President has the constitutional powers to appoint whoever he wishes to work with as his Minister.

However, our stomach churns as to why His Excellency, Mr. President nominated His Excellency Rotimi Amaechi, Dr Kayode Fayemi, Dr Ogbonaja Onu, well grounded APC Stalwarts from Rivers, Ekiti and Ebonyi States respectively, same being true in other states of the federation, but turned around to appoint a total stranger from Akwa Ibom State, a man who has totally distanced himself from his people while the atrocious regime of Chief Godswill Akpabio raged on for a long eight years. Appointment into such a high office with direct implication on the survival of the party cannot and should be done in isolation and consideration of the character to be appointed.

There are many leaders and stakeholders in Akwa Ibom State for instance, who have variously left their comfort zones, identified with the state, mobilized her people for change and made their points against the oppressive government of Chief Godswill Akpabio and pointed in clear terms to the direction of change. How come that after the chips are down, a total stranger is nominated to fill an Akwa Ibom slot assuming the reports we read are true?

Again, we reject this nomination and in doing so, we rely on Mr. President’s explanation of the appointment of Secretary to the Federal government and other key members of his cabinet that they are the men who worked and kept faith with him from the ANPP to CPC and APC where his Presidential ambition materialised. This was very right and fair on the part of Mr. President.

We most respectfully urge our amiable President, His Excellency, Gen. Muhamadu Buhari to apply the same principle in this instant case and drop the nomination of Senator Udoma Udo Udoma if the report of his nomination is true.

We pledge our unalloyed support and due diligence to Mr President and the All Progressives Congress.

Group Protest the purported listing of Sen. Udoma Udoma from Akwa Ibom State 

 

Signed

Mr. Solomon Akpan

Director of Information.

08021075555.

APC Canvassers Movement

 

Akwa Ibom State Chapter.


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