Ex-Deputy Govs Crave for Recognition, Inclusion in APC NEC
Insist They've Got Enough Experience to Contribute in Nation-building
Former Deputy Governors across the country have expressed displeasure over their exclusion from the highest leadership echelon of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
This anomaly was brought to the attention of the National Chairman of APC, Alh. Abdullahi Ganduje when he received members of Forum of Former Deputy Governors, who paid him a solidarity visit at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja.
To end their non-recognition and exclusion from the ruling party’s top decision-making organ, the former Deputy governors demanded to be included as members of the National Executive Committee(NEC) of APC.
With over 60 registered members, Chairman of the forum, Comrade Chris Akomas declared that the membership is composed of serious minded people who work tirelessly for the party and, therefore, deserve adequate recognition.
Akomas, a former deputy governor of Abia State, noted that the former number two persons in their respective states possess the needed experience and expertise.
He further pointed out that the experience and expertise which they had acquired while serving as deputy chief executives in the various state governments would enable them to function effectively as NEC members.
Akomas, who is the Federal Commissioner representing Abia at the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission(RMAFC), Abuja, said that the forum is well organised to contribute to nation-building.
According to him, members of the forum recognise their role as politicians hence they remain focussed on promoting national unity, progress and stability of the country, for the general good of Nigerians.
The forum expressed gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for finding some of its members worthy to be given federal appointments in his administration.
In his response, the APC national chairman welcomed his august visitors, saying that as a ruling party, the APC leadership is interested in what happens both in governance and the political party as an institution.
Ganduje stated that the position and importance of the deputy governor in the political affairs of the nation cannot be over emphasized, despite the occasional controversy that the office evokes.
He blamed sycophants within the corridors of power for most of the problems between governors and their deputies, adding that such unfortunate situation should not even arise.
Ganduje promised that the party leadership would look into the request made by the former deputy governors, saying that all hands are needed on deck to move the nation and the ruling party forward.