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The South East zone of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the exclusion of Ndigbo from President Muhammadu Buhari’s kitchen cabinet as an indication that Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has no influence in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement signed by the publicity secretary/auditor of the South East zone of the PDP, Uwakwe Regis, the party stated that despite the fact that there are two House of Representatives members from Imo State, the governor could not influence the emergence of any of them as principal officers.
He said: “It is on record that Okorocha, while campaigning for the APC, after he dumped the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), promised Ndigbo that he would take them to the mainstream immediately APC wins the election. Unfortunately, he has failed to take them, not even to the periphery of the mainstream, judging by Buhari’s total exclusion of Ndigbo from his kitchen cabinet.
“We know that each eastern state is constitutionally entitled to a ministerial nomination, so it is not a favour.”
“We want to also ask Okorocha why he could not influence the emergence of either of the House of Representatives members as principal officers, if he thinks he is influential?
He could not even push for the emergence of a deputy chief whip; thus, it would be the first time since 1999, that the South East could not produce a principal officer.”
Regis said Okorocha must be hallucinating if he thinks that any signpost of APC would be left standing in 2019 in the entire South East, going by the total exclusion of the zone from the present administration.
He sympathized with the APC South East zonal publicity secretary, Osita Okechuwku, “as Okorocha has taken over his job and is playing comic politics with it.”