BreakingNews 14/7/14 - Ministerial Appointment: Why Obi lost out


[ Masterweb Reports: Vivian Onyebukwa reports ] - A few days after President Good­luck Jonathan for­warded two names to the Senate as ministe­rial nominees, facts have emerged on why immedi­ate past governor of Anam­bra State, Mr. Peter Obi, lost out in the appointment.



Jonathan had last Thurs­day nominated Corps Mar­shal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (NYSC), Mr. Osita Chidoka (Anambra) and Dr. Suleiman Abubukar (Kwara) as ministers rep­resenting their states in the Federal Executive Council (FEC). Chidoka is expected to be confirmed Minister of Aviation, while Abubakar would become Minister of Sports.


Sources close to the Presi­dency told Daily Sun that Obi, who was reportedly tipped to be appointed Min­ister of Aviation, to replace Princess Stella Oduah, who is also from Anambra State, lost out owing to stiff oppo­sition from PDP stakehold­ers in Anambra State. He also lost out for refusing to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as suggested by the Presidency and others.


It was gathered that stake­holders in Anambra PDP ve­hemently opposed the plan to nominate Obi as minister representing the state, say­ing a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) should not repre­sent them.


Daily Sun learnt that apart from opposing Obi based on his party membership, those against him also used all manner of argument to dis­courage President Jonathan, especially telling him how non-appointment of the PDP members into key positions was affecting the fortunes of the party in Anambra State during elections.


They were said to have used subtle threat to remind Jonathan that the people op­posing Obi were those who would contribute meaning­fully to his re-election pro­gramme.


In the midst of opposition, it was gathered that support­ers of Obi, in the PDP, had written to Jonathan saying the former governor’s ap­pointment had the blessing of the Anambra PDP.


They argued that their support for Obi was owing to his popularity in Anambra, stating that in Jonathan’s re-election campaign, the for­mer governor would be more useful.


The PDP members push­ing Obi’s nomination stated: “He is at home with the com­mon people, the Church and market people, the critical mass that actually vote dur­ing election.”


Sources revealed that President Jonathan had stuck to his guns to appoint Obi. To douse the opposition, the Presidency had asked the former governor to join the PDP.


“He (Obi) was actually in the Villa on this. At this point, everybody that wanted him pleaded with him to join the PDP rather than allow the opposition have a field day,” our source revealed.


Vivian Onyebukwa reports.


*Photo Caption - Mr. Peter Obi



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