‘If the President condones disrespect, I will not,’ Oshiomhole threatens to suspend Minister

By Editor on 24/07/2018

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has threatened to suspend erring ministers.

Oshiomhole while addressing journalists at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on Monday, said the APC will not give room for ‘dishonourable’ Ministers.

He noted that discipline must be maintained. Referring to a minister who he said failed to constitute and inaugurate board members for Federal Agencies’ parastatals under his ministry, Oshiomhole threatened to suspend such minister from the ruling party.

“If the minister refuses we will suspend him from the party. We must return to internal discipline. For me it is the height of mischief for any minister, you cannot purport to be an Honourable Minister and you act dishonourably. Nobody is greater than the party.

“If the President condones disrespect for his office, I will not condone disrespect for the party.”

The APC National Chairman, Oshiomhole, said some Ministers have abused the ‘fatherly disposition’ of President Muhammadu Buhari and therefore, efforts will be put in place to prevail on the President to instill discipline in members of his cabinet and Ministers.

“They have taken undue advantage of the President’s fatherly disposition. When we expel the Minister, we will prevail on the President that he can’t keep in his cabinet people who have neither respect for his own decisions nor have respect for the party without which they would not have been ministers.

“There are no independent candidates in our system. No minister is above the party. It is absolutely illegal for a minister in a democracy to prey on the powers of the board. The laws establishing those institutions are clear. The boards have procedures to follow.

“When a minister sits in his office to award a contract that didn’t go through boards, this is clearly an abuse of office.

“I am convinced that what they are doing is not with the endorsement of Mr. President. I tell them it is the same authority that appoints these people. It is the same blue or green pen that made them ministers that appointed these boards that they are refusing to swear in.”

Oshiomhole, who is also a former governor of Edo State, said the Ministers must comply to President Buhari’s instructions. He said they must also comply with the party’s position or they are shown the way out of the party.

This he, however, stressed does not mean he does not respect Nigerian Ministers.

“We have respect for Ministers but only to the extent that they recognise that they are a product of a political party.  They either comply or we will expel them from the party.”

Oshiomhole who became the APC Chairman during a period when the party is faced with internal crisis said he is not losing sleep over the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), a faction threatening to break away from the ruling party.

According to him, the APC would not change nor negotiate its core values in order to retain aggrieved members.

Posted 24/07/2018 04:19:53 AM


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