The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has demanded the immediate resignation of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, from the Federal Executive Council.
The PDP, which premised its call on the appointment of Amaechi as the Director-General (DG) of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election campaign, also accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.
Emerging reports had recently indicated that the president has named the minister to steer his re-election efforts, however, the news on this appointment is yet to be officially confirmed by the presidency.
Other members of the team reportedly named are: Simon Lalong, Plateau State governor; Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State governor; Tanko Almakura, governor of Nasarawa State and Mala Buni, National Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In 2015 when President Buhari won the presidential election, Amaechi was the Director-General (DG) of his campaign.
A statement signed on Thursday, Jan. 4th, by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan reads:
“If APC has any strand of dignity, then Amaechi must resign as the Minister of Transportation having been appointed and already functioning as the DG of President Buhari’s Campaign.
“Under the constitution of Nigeria, Mr. Amaechi cannot combine the job of a Minister of the Federal Republic with another responsibility such as the DG of a campaign organization.
“Amaechi’s action in accepting the job while still holding office as Minister is in clear breach of the oath of office and the oath of allegiance, which he swore in line with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). He should, therefore, resign his office as a minister with immediate effect.”
The party stated that Amaechi, perhaps in his desperation for recognition, has already begun to function in the capacity as mobilizer for Buhari’s second term, adding that, he had already held meetings with some of the governors elected on the platform of the APC.
It recalled that when as a serving Minister of Works, Chief Tony Anenih was appointed to head the campaign of then President Olusegun Obasanjo, the former resigned his cabinet appointment.
Accusing the incumbent administration of being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians, the party expressed shock that the APC is more interested in setting up an electoral structure for a second term when Nigerians are dying daily of hunger and poverty while others are being slaughtered in their communities by marauders across the country, ”all owing particularly to APC’s dismal performance in its nearly three years in office.”
“Is it not instructive for Nigerians to now know that the APC has not the littlest agenda on governance for our people and do not have the interest of Nigerians at heart? They have shown that all they care for is their selfish political and pecuniary interests”, the PDP said.
The party urged Nigerians, ”to respond with the full force of the votes and kick out the selfish and incompetent APC out of office come 2019.
Although Buhari hasn’t said anything concerning his re-election, he has left a couple of hints which suggests that he’s considering another term in office. Moreover, state governors have also publicly thrown their weight behind the president’s re-election bid.