APC group accuses Tinubu of lopsidedness in appointments

A frontline support group within the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, the Progressive Change Ambassadors of Nigeria PCAN has faulted the lopsided nature of several appointments made by President Bola Tinubu since he assumed office on May 29.

The group made its position known in an open letter to the president dated September 19, 2023 and signed by its Executive Director Alhaji Abdulkareem Ubaydah and Secretary, Muhammad Rabiu Awwal.

The letter titled, “Imbalances in Appointments: This is not how to restore our hopes”, urged the president to go beyond his Yoruba ethnic group and run an all-inclusive government.

Part of the letter reads; “Congratulations once again Mr. President on your momentous victory in the February 25, 2023 Presidential election and the subsequent legal affirmation of your seismic victory by the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal PEPT just recently.

“Mr President, we write to you today as concerned citizens of Nigeria and deeply troubled members of your party – the All Progressives Congress APC to express our deep concern about the perceived imbalances in your political appointments so far.

“We have observed that a significant majority of these appointments have been made from your southwest geopolitical zone and especially from your ethnic group – the Yoruba, to the exclusion of other qualified and competent individuals from other parts of the country. This has led to widespread feelings of alienation and resentment among Nigerians from other parts of the country.

“While we understand that you are entitled to appoint people you trust and believe in, we as stakeholders in the political party under which you assumed office as President of Nigeria, reserve the right to urge you to consider the importance of national unity and inclusiveness in your appointments.

“It is important to remember always that you are the President of all Nigerians, not just that of Yorubas of the Southwest geopolitical zone. Your political appointments should therefore reflect the diversity of our nation and ensure that all Nigerians have a voice in your government.

“Unfortunately, your appointments to date have fallen far short of this standard. For instance, control of Nigeria’s economy has been ceded exclusively to South-west Yorubas as all appointments in that sector have been filled by them.

“Additionally, of 20 presidential aides appointed by you, 15 are from your geopolitical zone and ethnicity. Also, in the recent appointments of Presidential Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants, 8 are Yorubas from the South-West! Also worthy of note are the facts that the Inspector General of Police, Controller General of Nigeria Customs and Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service respectively, as well as the Chief of Army Staff are all members of your ethnic group.

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