Aggrieved elders of the Bayelsa state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, condemned former president Goodluck Jonathan’s alleged attempts to nominate the state ministerial post in the incoming cabinet of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
Concerned parties under the auspices of the Bayelsa APC Council of Elders questioned why Jonathan is seeking to produce a minister after actively and openly supporting his People’s Democratic Party, PDP, candidate Alh. Atiku Abubakar.
Speaking in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, on Tuesday, council chairman Chief Michael Adomokeme said it was wrong for Jonathan to try to reap where he did not sow.
He said that Jonathan was threading the unfairness and unfairness part, insisting that his desperation could be likened to someone seeking to receive wages from Company A after working for Company B.
But Adomekeme expressed confidence that President Tinubu, as a known rewarder of hard work, would not allow a ‘monkey work, baboon chop’ situation.
He said: “People should not try to reap where they have never sown. Some of us have been here since the early days of this party, when just being a member was considered taboo.
“You all remember, APC in Bayelsa was called Islamic party or Hausa party by these same people, I mean Jonathan and his people. Fast forward to the 2023 election, President Jonathan did everything he could to make sure we failed, but we didn’t fail as God intended. What right do you have to suddenly want to appoint the minister of the state of Bayelsa now?
“He was president for six years and personally appointed dozens of ministers. Why is he now so interested in the only position we want to get as a party in Bayelsa? Is it to truncate the APC’s visible path to victory in November?
“It is even an aberration and very degrading that a former president go cap in hand begging for a single ministerial position. He ridicules and relegates the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“He has been described as a statesman and a hero of democracy. Very good, that he continues to be that and not be a statesman by day and a political lobbyist by night ”.