A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Abia State, Nduka Anyanwu, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, for “demarketing” him in the state.
In a statement on Monday, Anyanwu also said at the height of the agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), he was expecting the minister to intervene but he was silent.
He said: “Abians are very likeable people that will vote Buhari for 2019 if he comes out and which we are going to ask Buhari to come out. Nigerians need Buhari. Buhari is the best thing that happened to this country but the issue is that few people that are working for him now in south-east are not really taking care of that zone, they are not doing much.
“Like in my state, my minister is not close to any of us, he is demarketing Buhari in the state. Is he the minister for only Abuja? I don’t think he has visited the state secretariat, I don’t think he has electoral value in his ward, what are we talking? I am asking President Buhari to reshuffle the cabinet and let them bring in somebody.
“When this IPOB agitation started I was expecting the minister of trade and investment, because he is the one representing us at the cabinet, to see how he would have a parley with all these boys that are agitating but till today, that man has never spoken out anything, which is very bad.
“If you want to appoint a minister, you must look for somebody who is ready to work for you, not somebody who would go and speak only grammar. Politics is not a child’s play, it is a very serious business. I am saying that we need an experienced politician.
“There are lots of us that are highly educated in Abia state who can do the job better than him. We are saying this because of the issues of agitations in south-east. I am asking them to begin to look inwardly, to look at the core party people who worked for Buhari in the south-east.
“The one that is representing us now is not working in Abia state, we don’t know him, he’s not part of us. All the time we were campaigning, using our money to do sorts of things, they called us all sorts of names, he was not there with us.
“The terrain of things in Abia state now, we need a very experienced person who will be able to reach all parties to bring things together. I am saying that we want Abia state to be the APC state by 2019 but with the way things are going now, if we don’t make changes quickly, we won’t get there.”