Fresh palaver in APC over PMB’s Ambassadorial Nominees

Going by the way things are run by the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party may soon be anathema.

Aside from the leadership crisis rocking the party, sources say President Buhari has yet again violated party spirit.

Their anger is coming from the list of non-career ambassadorial nominees the President submitted to the Senate.

This news house can authoritatively report that the ambassadorial nominees may end up like the nominees for NDDC board members.

The Senate had refused to confirm the President’s NDDC board members following a plethora of petitions against them.

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A majority of the party leaders and APC governors are not happy with the way the latest ambassadorial list was handled.

They said the president completely alienated them from the selection process.

They have interpreted this move as a ploy to render them inconsequential in the power equation in their home zones.

This disappointment was said to have been more pronounced in the South-west geopolitical zone.

The aggrieved APC chieftains have vowed to frustrate Buhari’s ambassadorial nominees.

They say the list do not represent the reality and endorsement of party leaders in their states.

The aggrieved leaders and governors have concluded plans to use the same tactic they used for NDDC nominees for the ambassadorial screening exercise.

One source said they plan doing this “Because this disregard for party leadership and supremacy must stop.

“This is the same thing the wife of the president, Aisha, was talking about.

“These same people are the ones who drafted the list and pushed it through without consulting anyone.

“Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state is assumed to be very close to the president.

“He too had no say in the choice of nominee from the state. The nominee from Ogun was nominated by the Vice-President,” the source said.

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Similarly, the choice of Justice George Oguntade from Lagos was said to have been entirely the decision of the president.

Justice Oguntade’s nomination is seen as a compensation for the role he played in 2008 when Buhari challenged the outcome of the presidential election that gave late President Umaru Yar’Adua victory in 2007.

Other ambassadorial nominees, sources said, were decided by the presidency alone.

When contacted, the president’s media aide, Mr. Femi Adesina, said if the grievances are genuine they would be looked into.

“Whatever grievances there are, if genuine, they will looked into,” he said to reporters.