The Niger State Chapter of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) is facing internal rancour as a group within the party has faulted the representative of the state in President Muhammadu Buhari yet to be inaugurated cabinet.
Ambassador Zubairu Dada is a nominee from the state, but party men alleged that he is a member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
He was nominated by the governor, Alhaji Sani Bello. Incidentally, Alhaji Bello was among the APC governors who reportedly planned to dump the ruling party after winning the governorship election. He denied it.
Recalled that President Buhari sent his 43 nominees for ministerial screening on July 23; they were all screened and endorsed by the Ahmed Lawan-led House of Senate.
But in a statement issued in Minna, APC members in the state said they were not consulted accusing the governor of acting alone.
They, therefore, called on Buhari to reject the nomination immediately, accusing the nominee of openly campaigning for the PDP during elections.
The Publicity Secretary of the party in Niger Alhaji Idris Abini said Ambassador Dada was not a card-carrying member of the APC.
“Based on these facts, we, hereby, call on President Muhammadu Buhari to drop the ministerial nominee and call on the party in the state to replace him with APC card-carrying member.
The aggrieved members threatened to decamp to another party if the president fails to address their demand, “Many loyal APC members in Niger State who are disappointed by the development have threatened to massively decamp from the party, since loyalty and commitment are no longer rewarded as people from opposition party are given appointments instead of those who laboured for the victory of the party.
Governor Bello acted alone, the statement said. “The governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, who is the leader of the party and who should constantly consult with the party, acted alone, against the wish of party members, to favour a non-party member for federal and state appointments.’’
Niger APC member also alleged that the minister-designate hails from the same local government, ward and polling unit as the senator representing Niger East senatorial zone, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa.
At the time of this report, the national body of APC had not reacted.