CONFUSION AS 50 JOSTLE FOR MINISTERIAL SLOT IN TARABA

There seems to be a festering feud among members of the Taraba State chapter of the All Progressives Congress over the ministerial nominees from the state sent to President Muhammadu Buhari.

While the Taraba State Chapter of the party denied forwarding any list to its national secretariat for appointment as ministers and members of boards of parastatals, the Coalition of APC stakeholders Forum in the state, on Saturday, said it was being excluded in the decisions of the party in this regard.

National officer of the coalition, Rimamnde Nuhu, at a press conference in Jalingo, said the leadership of the party needed to be modified at all levels to address the growing concern in order to reward all loyal members.

He said, “We are not aware that a list has been sent to the national secretariat of our party until now and if we are not aware of that important development as stakeholders of the party in Taraba, it means some key members of the party are not being carried along in the decision making in Taraba.

“You may not be wrong to say there is a crack in the state chapter of the party and that is not good.

“The national chairman should modify his style of leadership. You are aware of what happened in Taraba and Zamfara. With this, you will know that there is inefficiency in the management of the party.

“A lot of party members are aggrieved and we urge the national leadership of our great party to set up a committee to reconcile all aggrieved members and placate all aspirants who bought forms to contest primaries but were denied free and fair primary elections.”

The coalition, which said it had resolved to support the President’s three-point agenda on security, economy and the fight against corruption, called for the strengthening of the country’s security architecture to compliment the President’s resolve to fight insecurity.

But it commended the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for the role he played in the emergence of National Assembly leaders.

But the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Aaron Arthimas, told our correspondent that the party in the state did not submit any list to the APC national secretariat as was being speculated.

Arthimas, who said over 50 members of the party in the state were lobbying for appointments without the input the state chapter of the party, insisted the President had a final say on the issue of appointments.

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