The forum of aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday expressed concern over the non inclusion of its members on the ministerial list released by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.
Mr Ben Adaji, the spokes person of the forum in a press conference in Jalingo on behalf of the National leader of the forum, Alhaji Bashir Muhammed, said it had 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 noted that the non inclusion of its members ran contrary to an earlier agreement reached with the President in confidence.
The forum said that most of its members who were aggrieved after the primaries held prior to the general elections had opted to leave the party but were persuaded by the president to stay back with the promise that he would consider them for appointments.
Adaji, who aspired for House of Representatives in Ankpa, Olamaboro and Omala federal constituency of Kogi and double as the spokesperson of the Kogi chapter of the forum, noted that the members were concerned that not even one member of the forum was included in the present batch of appointments so far made by the President.
The forum urged Mr President to effect correction in his subsequent appointments as a mark of honour for the agreement reached.
“Gentlemen of the press, it has become imperative for me to address you today to register the disappointment of the APC national aspirants forum over the appointments made by President Buhari so far, especially the ministerial list.
“This forum comprises all the persons who aspired under the platform of the APC in the 2015 and 2019 elections.
“You will recall that a lot of irregularities occasioned the 2018 primaries of the party and most of us who felt shortchanged 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.
“It is therefore very disappointing that the ministerial list is out and none of our members is on the list.
“We consider this as an oversight and call on the president to consider our members who have worked so faithfully and have contributed enormously towards the success of this party, in his subsequent appointments.
He noted that the aspirants forum was the live wire of APC, comprising 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 and may even 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 stands a very good chance of performing well in the forthcoming general elections in some states across the country later this year if all the aggrieved members are not sidelined,” he said.