The Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to without delay sack the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who is from the state, over alleged abysmal performance.
The chairman of the APC in the state, Ben Nwoye, who made this known at a news conference, said that the call for Onyeama’s dismissal became necessary because he had given “abysmal” performance “since he was appointed into Buhari’s cabinet.”
He went further to say that Onyeama, “almost messed Nigeria up” at the just- concluded 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Nwoye, also at the occasion, announced the state chapter’s endorsement of President Buhari’s run for a second-term in office, saying that “there is no vacancy in Aso Rock come 2019”.
With this move, the chapter joined its counterparts in Ebonyi and the president’s home state of Katsina who have also endorsed the president for a second-term run.
The decision of the state APC to back Buhari was based on his people- oriented programmes and policies, “especially as it concerns the dogged fight against corruption, which has remained the bane of Nigeria’s development”, Nwoye said.
He added, “President Buhari is a great reformer and man of integrity who has shown serious commitment towards the development of Nigeria, and redeemed the battered image of the nation among comity of nations. A second term in office would enable the President consolidate on all the good works he has started”.
There is the speculation in some quarters that the call for Onyeama’s sack may not be unconnected with his longstanding rift with the state APC leadership.
The party leadership in the state had once threatened to expel the minister for allegedly altering the list of delegates for the party’s forthcoming national convention.
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