A support group affiliated with the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to President Bola Tinubu to ensure that political appointments are spread across all states.
The group urged the president to look beyond his political associates in Lagos when making appointments and instead prioritize reflecting the entire South-West region.
In a statement titled “Dangers of Concentrating Power in Lagos,” issued in Abuja by the National Coordinator of the South-West APC Support Group, Otunba Dele Fulani, the appeal was made public.
Fulani highlighted that his group had noticed a concerning trend where loyal party members from other states in the South-West region are being sidelined in favor of individuals from Lagos in recent presidential appointments.
“When we examine the appointments of the 20 aides recently announced by Mr. President, we can see that about 13 are based in Lagos. Including former Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as one of the ministerial hopefuls further confirms this bias. This is unacceptable. This administration should not be dominated solely by Lagos. It does not present Mr. President as a national leader representing all of Nigeria,” the statement emphasized.
The group coordinator further reminded the President about the significant role played by other states in the South-West region in his successful election as president in 2023.
He pointed out that, based on the election results, Ondo, Ekiti, and Oyo performed better than Lagos. Therefore, it would be unjust for Tinubu to allow only his home state to benefit from appointments intended for the entire region.
“This should not be the case. We are concerned that a similar situation might occur with appointing heads of government agencies. While we understand that there is immense pressure on Mr. President, he must not succumb easily to this pressure. He should stand firm and not be swayed by unwarranted demands. He must be a president for all,” the statement urged.
The group emphasized the need for the president’s appointments to be more inclusive of other states in the South-West, as solely focusing on Lagos would disregard the contributions and interests of the entire region. In the last election, the statement also highlighted the electoral performance of other South-West states, particularly Ondo, Ekiti, and Oyo.
Politicians from Lagos were advised to abandon any sense of entitlement to this administration, as they did not contribute significantly to the success of President Buhari. The group emphasized the importance of unity in the South-West and the best interests of Nigeria.