NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF APC: The National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has warned that he will not tolerate any minister who disobeyed President Muhammadu Buhariâ€™s directive henceforth, such minister will be suspended or expelled from the ruling party.
He was reacting to the delay by the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige, to inaugurate the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Funds (NSITF)
Ngige was said to have refused to inaugurate the board due to alleged fraud of over N40 billion by previous board.
But speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Oshiomhole said: â€œIf the minister refuse we will suspend him from the party. You know we must return to internal discipline. For me it is the height of mischief for any minister. You cannot purport to be honourable minister and you act dishonourably and nobody is greater than the party.
â€œAnd if the President condones disrespect for his office, I will not condone disrespect for the party. And when we expel the minister we will prevail on the President that he canâ€™t keep in his cabinet people who have neither respect for his own decisions nor have respect for the party without which they would not have been ministers.
â€œThere are no independent candidate in our system, nobody. I emphasis no minister is above the party and they have taken undue advantage of the Presidentâ€™s fatherly disposition.
â€œNow, it is the same green pen that made them minister that appointed these boards that they are refusing to swear in. And it is absolutely illegal for a minister in a democracy to prey the powers of the board because the laws establishing those institutions are clear, that the boards have procedures to follow.
â€œSo, when a minister sits in his office to appropriate the powers of the board in a democracy, not in a dictatorship, award contract that didnâ€™t go through boards, those are clearing abuse of office for which they are liable.
The National Chairman of APC concluded, â€œI am convinced that what they are doing is not with the endorsement of Mr. President. Over the period they have tried to drop the Presidentâ€™s name but I tell them it is the same authority that appointed these people.
â€œSo, we are informing them that it is either they comply with the Presidentâ€™s instructions or they comply with the partyâ€™s position or they go and administer outside the government.â€
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