BY Dapo Akinrefon
LAGOS State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan, to ensure that indigenes were appointed to represent their states as Ministers.
In a statement by its state Publicity Director, Mr. Taofik Gani explained that appointing an indigene as Minister will be in conformity with the 1999 constitution.
He argued that Section 147 sub section 3 of the constitution emphasised that an indigene of a state must be nominated for ministerial position for said state, adding that “it therefore, follows that states should be allowed to have the privilege of nominating their indigenes for the slot.
He urged the President “to consider the precarious state of Lagos PDP in appointing a minister for the state.”
so that the people but especially party members will enjoy the political patronage, he said “our insistence in an indigenous minister is also based on the fact that it will be a political plus for the PDP that is currently in opposition in Lagos state.”
Besides, he said “we want to avoid the mistakes of the last dispensation where a non indigene was given the slot of Lagos state. We need a Minister that would serve the nation and lend support to the party.”
On the face – off between the Awolowo Family and Mr Sam Omatseye, the party’s spokesman said that “it was very wrong for anyone to attempt to demystify the Awolowo Family.
The Qualities and contributions of the late Siege and by extension his Family to the Yoruba nation is unparalleled and must be seen so. The PDP gives its solidarity to the Matriarch of the Awolowo Family, Chief H.I.D. Awolowo.”