Osita Chidoka, a former Minister of Aviation, has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has flagrantly disregarded the nation’s federal character principle over the past eight years.
During an interview on Sunday on Channels Television’s Politics Today program, Chidoka revealed that eighteen paramilitary agencies were predominantly headed by individuals from a specific region during the previous administration.
He expressed his bewilderment at how individuals who remained silent. At the same time, “the government brutally disregarded the country” are now raising concerns about appointments and sensitivity within the first four weeks of a new government.
“As a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a party renowned for its inclusiveness, I can speak on this matter. The APC has never demonstrated sensitivity to the principle of federal character throughout its history,” Chidoka stated.
“For the past eight years, the principle was brutally violated while I was in the country. I have discussed the Federal Character Commission and that individuals from one specific region headed eighteen paramilitary agencies at that time,” he added.
Chidoka further emphasized that he had written numerous articles highlighting President Buhari’s consistent disregard for the agreed-upon national principle. However, people often rationalized it by claiming he appointed individuals based on his familiarity with them and their competence.
Therefore, Chidoka finds it objectionable that those who remained silent during the government’s brutal actions are suddenly concerned about appointments and sensitivity within the first four weeks of the new administration. He believes it is a violation of basic decency.
Chidoka went on to discuss the PDP’s approach to zoning positions. According to him, the first six positions are typically distributed among the six geopolitical zones, including the president, vice president, Senate President, speaker, party chairman, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). He expressed curiosity about how the APC plans to handle this.
He noted that the South West, North East, South-South, North West, and North Central regions have already secured positions, and he eagerly awaits how the remaining positions will be allocated. Chidoka also mentioned the PDP’s grading system for ministries based on their effectiveness in governance, ensuring inclusion by allocating ministries to each geopolitical zone accordingly.