The forum of aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has lamented over the non inclusion of its members on the ministerial list released by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, contrary to an earlier agreement reached with the President in confidence.
Mr. Ben Adaji, who addressed a press briefing in Jalingo on behalf of the national leader of the forum Alh. Bashir Yusuf Muhammed, said that it has become imperative for the forum to draw the attention of the president to the plight of the key stakeholders of the forum, who had aspired for various national positions under the platform of the party.
Adaji said that most members of the forum who were aggrieved after the primaries held prior to the general election had opted to leave the party but were persuaded by the president to stay back with the promise that he would take them into consideration in his appointments.
“This forum comprises of all the persons who aspired under the platform of the APC in the 2015 and 2019 elections. You recall that a lot of irregularities occasioned the 2018 primaries of the party. Most of us who felt short-changed by the process had opted to leave the party but the president persuaded us to stay back and work for the success of the party, with the assurance that we would be taken into consideration during his appointment.”
Adaji, who aspired for House of Representatives in Ankpa, from Kogi state and doubles as the spokesperson of the Kogi state chapter of the forum, noted that the members are concerned that not even one member of the forum was included in the present batch of appointments so far made by the President and urged him to correct it in his subsequent appointment.
He noted that the aspirants forum is the live wire of the party, comprising of the members who are constantly in touch with the people and a failure to carry them along may spell doom for the party in the forthcoming general elections in some states such as Kogi and others and may threaten the very sustenance of the party beyond 2023.
“Right now, these set of aggrieved members need to be carried along otherwise, the very existence of the party may not be guaranteed beyond 2023. I can assure you that the party stand a very good chance of performing well in the forthcoming general election in some states across the country later this year. But even that is under threat of the aggrieved members are sidelined”.