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APC Chieftain Blames South-East Leaders, Not Tinubu, for Marginalization

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APC Chieftain Blames South-East Leaders, Not Tinubu, for Marginalization
Osita Okechukwu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, has defended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu against accusations of marginalizing the South-East in his ministerial nominations. Okechukwu shifted the blame to the South-East APC leaders, accusing them of petty lobby strategies instead of genuine advancement of the region's interests.

ENUGU - A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, Osita Okechukwu, has absolved President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of any blame in the nomination of only five people from the South-East as members of his cabinet.

Criticisms have trailed Tinubu's ministerial list, with some South-East leaders accusing him of marginalising the zone.

While the South-East was given its statutory five slots out of the 48 nominees, other zones got extra slots.

But answering questions from journalists in Enugu on Sunday on the perceived shabby treatment meted out to the South-East, Okechukwu, a foundation member of APC, quipped that without holding brief or defending the President, "instead of blaming him, we should rather blame our so-called South-East APC leaders."

Okechukwu, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), said: "As you are aware, I am not a President Tinubu's apologist; however, we must be diligent in our analysis by adopting a pragmatic approach.

"My take is that we should more pungently blame our APC leaders, who, instead of genuinely advancing South-East interests, were more or less petty in their lobby strategy. After all, one chairs the APC Governors' Forum, the foremost Power Bloc, and the other was already in the Senate.

"To be honest, I was worried when I noticed them blocking our first eleven, and one ridiculously was busy rooting for himself as if he is the only qualified person from his state. Their strategy was akin to chasing rats, while others were bidding for elephants."

Accused of playing blame games to gain favor, as Tinubu, a veteran politician, does not need any lobby strategy to give the South-East their due shares, Okechukwu reminded journalists that it is on record that he was the only one who, in December 2021, publicly appealed to Tinubu "to support any Igbo in the race, and his men replied instantly that the kingmaker wants to be king."

It is clear from Okechukwu's statement that he believes the South-East APC leaders are responsible for the marginalization of the region in the ministerial nominations. According to him, instead of focusing on genuine advancement and lobbying for the interests of the South-East, these leaders adopted petty strategies that ultimately backfired.

Some South-East leaders have criticized President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for not allocating more ministerial positions to the region. However, Okechukwu suggests that rather than blaming Tinubu, the South-East APC leaders should take responsibility for their ineffective lobby strategies.

He points out that the APC leaders from the South-East hold influential positions within the party, such as chairing the APC Governors' Forum and being a senator. Instead of utilizing their power and influence to secure more cabinet positions for the region, Okechukwu claims they were more concerned with their personal ambitions.

Okechukwu also highlights his own appeal to Tinubu in December 2021, where he publicly urged the veteran politician to support any Igbo candidate for the ministerial positions. He claims that Tinubu's team responded positively, indicating that the South-East's interests were being considered.

It is important to note that Okechukwu does not consider himself a staunch supporter or apologist for Tinubu. However, he believes in a pragmatic analysis that holds the South-East APC leaders accountable for their ineffective lobby strategies.

In conclusion, Osita Okechukwu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Enugu State, has absolved President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of blame for the limited number of South-East nominees in his cabinet. Okechukwu places the responsibility on the South-East APC leaders, accusing them of ineffective lobby strategies and prioritizing personal ambitions over the region's interests.

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