The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list presented to the Senate yesterday as colourless, stagnant, uninspiring and without any sense of hope or purposeful governance under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP in a statement on Tuesday signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan stated that to the chagrin and utter disappointment of Nigerians, the list was replete with incompetent individuals who failed in their erstwhile ministerial assignments and left their ministries in a shambles.
It added that such a ministerial list could only come from a leadership that did not have mandate of the people saying that it was a complete waste of time and cannot fulfill the expectation of Nigerians.
According to PDP, “The list has further shown President Buhari and APC’s insensitivity and disdain for Nigerians and it does not in any way reflect their hope and eagerness for a better Nigeria.
“Furthermore, in recycling failed yesterday’s men for today’s assignment, President Buhari and the APC have left no one in doubt that they have no vision to move our nation out of the economic and security predicaments into which they have plunged us in the last four years.
“A committed and responsive leadership would have widely consulted with Nigerians before compiling a ministerial list, given the current situation in the country.
“If, indeed, President Buhari and the APC mean well for Nigerians and are interested in revamping our critical sectors, they would not have ended up with a list of those who will help conceal the huge corruption in the Buhari administration in the last four years, as well as those who will assist in channeling funds to individuals and groups used by the APC to rig the 2019 presidential election. Strangely, the list has no space for the youth demography, those to whom the future is said to belong.”
The PDP held that with this development, it was clear that the only way the nation could come out of its present economic and security quandary lied in the retrieval of Atiku Abubakar’s stolen Presidential mandate at the tribunal noting that “That is the way our citizens will enjoy the benefit of having an array of highly qualified and patriotic Nigerians as ministers to move the nation forward.”
It will be recalled that the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan during Tuesday’s Plenary read the list of 43 ministerial nominees sent to the senate by President Muhammadu Buhari for screening and confirmation as Ministers.
The list included; Abia – Dr. Uchechukwu Ogar, Adamawa -Muhammadu Musa Bello, Akwa Ibom – Goodwill Akpabio, Anambra – Chris Ngige, Sharon O. Ikpeazu, Bauchi – Adamu Adamu, Mariam Katagum, Bayelsa – Timipre Silva, Benue – George Akume, Borno – Mustapha Baba Shehuri and Cross River – Goddy JD Agba.
Other are; Delta – Festus Keyamo, Ebonyi – Ogbonnaya Onu, Edo – Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Clement Agba, Ekiti – Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo, Enugu – Geofrey Onyeama, Gombe – Ali Isaiah Ibrahim Pantani, Imo – Emeka Nwajuba, Jigawa – Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, Kaduna – Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Dr. Muhammed Mahmood, Kano – Sabo Nanono, Major General Basir Magashi retd, Katsina – Sen. Hadi Sirika, Kebbi – Abubakar Malami, Kogi – Ramatu Tijjani, Kwara – Lai Mohammed, Gbemisola Saraki and Lagos – Babatunde Rajiuna Fashola, Sen. Adeleke Mamora.
Also on the list are; Nassarawa – Muhammed H. Abdullahi, Niger – Zubairu Dada, Ogun – Arc. Olamilekun Adegbite, Ondo – Tayo Alashadura, Osun – Rauf Aregbesola, Oyo – Sunday Dare, Plateau – Pauline Talen, Rivers – Rotimi Amaechi, Sokoto – Muhammad Maigari Dangyadi, Taraba – Engr. Saleh Mamman, Yobe – Abubakar D. Aliyu and Zamfara – Umar Farouk.
Meanwhile, the Senate has suspended its annual recess to pave way for the screening and subsequent confirmation of the Ministerial nominees which is billed to commence this morning in Abuja as announced yesterday by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.
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