The National Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, Chief Olisa Metuh has revealed that ministerial nominee, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu almost became the Minister of Petroleum two years ago under Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
Metuh who spoke during an interview on the Channels TV Sunrise Daily programme this morning, said Dr. Kachikwu was supposed to have been made Minister of Petroleum two years ago, adding that President Buhari should not take credit for ‘discovering’ him.
He said: “The PDP discovered Dr Ibe Kachikwu about two and half years ago, and not President Muhammadu Buhari as being widely speculated. The PDP wanted to appoint Kachikwu as Petroleum Minister but that didn’t happen. It is not the APC who discovered Dr Ibe Kachikwu, who I must tell you, is a very brilliant chap.”
Speaking on President Buhari’s being in charge of the Petroleum Ministry Metuh said the President must be ready for criticism if he does not perform. “If the President handles the Petroleum industry and does anything dishonest, we will expose him and tell Nigerians.”
The PDP Spokesman also explained why it took President Muhammadu Buhari over five months to nominate Ministers.
Says Chief Olisa Metuh: “President Muhammadu Buhari was unaware that most of the people he penciled down as Ministerial nominees were long dead. This accounts largely for the delay in the release of the ministerial list, as President Buhari had to quickly look for replacements for the dead men on his initial list of ministers.”
Similarly, Chief Metuh disclosed that his party (PDP) would zone the slot for its presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election to the north.
He said it is only fair that the PDP fields a presidential candidate from the north as the northern part of the country has only benefitted once from the PDP zoning system since 1999.
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