Just like the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, who appointed an aide who was described as an anti-APC, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila seems to have found himself in the same political crossroads.
The Speaker of the Lower Legislative Chamber was accused of appointing a member of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra State, Anayo Nnebe, as an aide.
South-East groups of the ruling APC has kicked against the appointment in separate statements.
It was gathered that the Conference of APC State Publicity Secretaries and South-East APC Young Progressives Forum in Awka, Anambra State on Wednesday, described the appointment as “an affront” to his party’s loyalists in the area.
In June 2019, Senator Lawan had to rescind the appointment of Dr. Festus Adedayo, his special adviser on media and publicity.
Lawan reportedly dropped Adedayo as a result of pressure from his party men, saying he was an anti-government writer.
APC members are raising a similar issue about Gbajabiamila’s appointee, saying: “This is empowering APC’s enemies to kill us in the zone,” they stated.
According to reports, they asked the APC hierarchy to intervene and prevail on the Speaker to nullify the appointment “in the interest and growth of the party.”
The APC’s publicists’ position, made available to our Correspondent by the Anambra State publicity secretary of the party, Okelo Madukaife, rejected the appointment of Nnebe in its totality.
The Punch quoted the group as saying: “We reject the appointment of Anayo Nnebe as Special Assistant (South East) to the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
“Nnebe is … opposition to APC in Anambra State, the South-East zone and Nigeria in general.
“Political positions in the ruling party should not serve to rehabilitate oppositions…
“Registering in future with APC is not even an incentive because the sun must first shine on those standing before (it shines on) those kneeling.
“Our understanding of this move is that the South-West caucus of APC, from which Gbajabiamila hails, is undoing APC in the South East, and it is highly objectionable.
“The Senate President made a similar error and promptly corrected it when issues were raised, and there ought to be enough deterrence flowing from there.”
The South-East APC Young Peoples Forum, led by Otimkpu Paschal, also frowned at Nnebe’s appointment.
It condemned what it called the attitude of APC leaders in empowering the “enemies of the party” against qualified men and women in the party.
The group enjoined Gbajabiamila to reverse the appointment.
It added, “This is a great disservice to party men and women who staked their integrity and name for this party.”
The group claimed that they haven’t been compensated for their loyalty to the ruling APC.