By Sule Sani-Jalingo
The National Aspirants Forum of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has expressed disappointment over the non-inclusion of her members on the ministerial list released by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, contrary to an earlier agreement reached with the President in confidence.
The National leader of the forum Alh. Bashir Yusuf Muhammed during a press briefing in Jalingo said that it has become imperative for the forum to draw the attention of the president to the plight of the key stakeholders of the forum, who had aspired for various national positions under the platform of the party.
Explained that most members of the forum who were aggrieved after the party’s primaries held prior to the general election had opted to leave the party but were persuaded by the president to stay back, promising to consider some of them for appointments.
The leader who spoke through the spokesperson of the Kogi state chapter of the forum Mr Ben Adaji (Ankpa Federal Constituency Kogi State) noted that the members are concerned that not even one member of the forum was included in the present batch of appointments made by the President and urged him to correct it in his subsequent appointment.
“Most of us who felt shortchanged by the process had decided to leave the party but the president persuaded us to stay back and work for the success of the party, with the assurance that we would be taken into consideration during his appointment.
It is therefore very disappointing that the ministerial list is out and none of our members is on the list. We consider this an oversight and call on the president to consider our members who have worked and faithfully contribute to the success of this party,” he said.
Muhammed however, noted that the aspirant’s forum is the live wire of the party, comprising of the members who are constantly in touch with the people and a failure to carry them along could affect the party’s success in the forthcoming elections in some states, like the governorship election in Kogi and others and that the threat could extend beyond 2023.
He also stressed that these set of aggrieved members need to be carried along: “Otherwise, the very existence of the party may not be guaranteed beyond 2023, Buhari is the only symbol of the party and if care is not taking the party will be collapsed,” he said.
He added saying: “I can assure you that the party stand a very good chance of performing well in the forthcoming general election in some states across the country later this year. But even that is under threat if the aggrieved members are sidelined”.