Sunday 24th September, 2017
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Kogi APC stakeholders want Buhari to name Ocholi?s successor

Kogi APC stakeholders want Buhari to name Ocholi’s successor

Leaders of the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) in Kogi State have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately fill the state’s slot in his cabinet by naming the replace­ment for the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. James Ocholi.
In a statement they issued on Thursday in Abuja, the stakehold­ers endorsed former governor­ship aspirant, Alhaji Idris Naibi Maiyanga, as their candidate for the vacant ministerial slot.
The APC leaders lamented that the state had remained without a representative in the Federal Ex­ecutive Council (FEC), several months after the death of Ocholi.
They said that Maiyanga who was the former state coordinator of the Buhari Support Organisa­tion is fit for the office and was not being investigated by any of the anti-graft agencies.
The spokesperson of the stake­holders, Dr. Abdullahi Baba Ab­dul, said that Kogi had suffered a lot of setbacks without a represen­tative in the federal cabinet and urged President Buhari to appoint a replacement for the late Ocholi.
According to him, it was natu­ral that reward should come for people that have consistently conducted themselves in good manner, describing Maiyanga as a politician who is not only quali­fied for the office, but was instru­mental in building of the party in the state.
He condemned those he ac­cused of working to hijack the leadership of the party in the state and urged the Kogi State Gover­nor Yahaya Bello to address the plight of the ordinary people of the state and pay the workers’ salaries.
Abdul said: “We are against their hijacking of the party be­cause they came when elections had been won. As decampees, they have no rights to assemble themselves and claim to be lead­ers of the party. Moreover, they are crying more than the be­reaved.
“It is the prerogative of the President to appoint anybody as minister but as politicians, we are also appealing to him to appoint a minister from Kogi as soon as possible.
“We don’t want to appear as if we are compelling him but we are appealing. It is a constitutional issue. If we had a representation, he would have been liaising with the state governor to address the plight of Kogi people. We will not want to give an ultimatum
“Maiyanga was the one who won the CPC ticket that was lat­er given to the late Ocholi. This candidate we are rooting for, by providence, the state executive has nominated him and forward­ed his name as the first candidate for this replacement. It is in public domain. He is our choice of can­didate to replace the late Ocholi. By whatever lens he is looked at, he is qualified,” Abdul said.