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Minister of State for Education, Nwajiuba, under fire for buying N100m APC presidential form

Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has obtained the Nomination and Expression of interest forms to to vie for the Presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress.

The Minister of State according to a report by The Punch obtained both forms after a group of Nigerians reportedly pooled the N100m fees.

Meanwhile, according to article 84(12) of the recently signed Electoral Act 2022, Buhari’s ministers vying for Electoral offices are required to resign from their current positions before the APC primary elections holding from May 30 to June 1, 2022.

Nwajiuba is not the only minister on the list as Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, and other Presidential aides are currently vying for various offices at federal and state levels.

See pictures of forms below:

Prior to his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari, Chukwuemeka served as the Chairman of TETFund Board of Trustees from 2017 to 2019.

He also served as a member representing the Okigwe North Federal House of Representatives in the House of Representatives between 1999 – 2003.

Reacting Chukwuemeka purchase of the forms, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, called on the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, to democratically and peacefully picket the National Secretariat of the ruling party for 48 hours.

The rights group wondered whether the young man has any noticeable legacy in his home state of Imo and his Senatorial zone of Okigwe that suffers from systematic and systemic marginalisation by the Federal Government that he has been part of for good 7 years and still counting.

“Okigwe is today the least developed Senatorial zone in all of Nigeria even when it is one of the oldest in terms of period of creation in the 1970s but this Minister of Education, who has been colourless and phenomenally poor in performance is insulting our national psyche by buying the overpriced Presidential nomination form from his party even as he is telling us that his friends bought the N100 million form for him,” HURIWA said in a statement signed by Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, its National Coordinator.

“Why is EFCC not asking questions now but is constantly harassing students in Owerri Imo State in pursuit of the so-called yahoo-yahoo boys?

“Indeed the fault is neither of Emeka Nwajiuba the young man whose ‘Chi’ burnished his fortune and has been favoured with the rapid political rise in the society, but that of Buhari who has shown that he is not in touch with the contemporary times because were Mr President to be aware of his environment, he wouldn’t permit these unnecessary distractions posed to his administration by the fact that his serving Federal cabinet members are divided and are pursuing their personal political fortune and interests even whilst still holding on to publicly funded paid appointments.

“How on Earth will these distracted ministers like Emeka Nwajiuba, Chris Ngige, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi be focused towards efficient and dynamic public service delivery when they are actively involved in chasing after their delusional political ambitions to be President? This is an unmitigated political disaster and a shame of a lifetime that this infamy is tolerated by President Muhammadu Buhari.”

HURIWA has therefore asked NANS if it hasn’t been compromised and hijacked by political forces like the Nigeria Labour Congress to peacefully occupy the national Secretariat of the APC to demand that the hierarchy reject the purchase of the multimillion Naira worth Presidential nomination form by the poorly performing education minister whose ineffectiveness has kept students away from schools for two Months.

“The Academic Staff Union of Universities should similarly embark on such a civil disobedience course and they will inevitably be supported by hundreds of credible civil society stakeholders including the Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA),” it said.

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