Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ministerial nominee: Kogi APC wants Ocheni replaced

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Kogi State Chapter has petitioned the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and other party elders calling for the replacement of the state’s ministerial nominee, Steven Ocheni with that of Alhj. Usman Naibi Maiyaga.

In a four-page-petition released Thursday and signed by the State Chairman of the party, Alhj. Haddy Ametuo and 40 other party chieftains appealed to the Senate President to right the wrong done to Maiyaga, alleging that his name was wrongful substituted and replaced with that of Steven Ocheni as replacement for Late James Ocholi.

“With utmost respect Sir, we the undersigned Executive Members of All Progressives Congress (APC), Kogi State chapter hereby officially write you over the malicious and wrongful substitution and replacement of Alhaji Idris M. Usman with the name of Prof. Steven Ocheni as the ministerial nominee representing Kogi State,” a statement in Abuja on Tuesday said.

The statement said the state party unanimously distanced itself from Prof. Ocheni, stating that it was the collective resolve of the state party after the death of Ocholi for Maiyaga to be nominated after wide range consultations.

According to the statement, after nominating Maiyaga which was supposed to be followed by Senate screening was replaced by Ocheni who was not even a party member.

“We made further inquiries to that effect, we noticed that a few politicians from the state that are of course leading voices for our country’s democracy are indeed behind the unprofessional replacement of the people’s choice and mandate” the party said.

The party in the statement condemned the nomination of Ocheni which it described as imposition even when he is missing in Kogi political firmament.

While maintaining that Ocheni is not an APC card carry member, the party jointly backed Maiyaga for the exalted position, describing him as a good party man and grassroots moblizer who had been with them from CPC to APC.

“Having been a founder/convener of kogi chapter of ACN, CPC AND now APC, 2007 governorship flag-bearer for ACN, 2011 Gubernatorial flag-bearer for CPC and 2015 Gubernatorial contender for APC kogi State who was later substituted by late Abubakar Audu also in 2015 presidential primary/main election coordinator of Buhari support in kogi state.

“We choose him base on his credentials being a grass root disposition and capacity to preserve kogi state party structure came to limelight during the last presidential election in Kogi where we secure resounding victory for his excellency, president Muhammadu Buhari.”

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