Some All Progressives Congress, APC, stakeholders in Southern Taraba State have called on President Bola Tinubu to consider one of their own for ministerial nomination.
The stakeholders, in an open letter to the President signed on Monday by the Chairman, Taraba APC Youth Forum, Jamilu Bawa, said the zone performed optimally well for the party in the last presidential election.
The letter read in part: “On the 19th of January 2023 Mr President, Chief David Sabo Kente, General A.T Ibrahim Rtd, Prof Dalhatu Sangari, Chief Ezekiel Irimiya Afukunyo and a host of others stormed Wukari and held what became the only political rally as part of your campaign programs tagged SOUTHERN TARABA ZONAL RALLY FOR TINUBU/SHETTIMA.
“The rally was covered by all the TV stations and national dailies. Mr President, this single program which was self-sponsored by the aforementioned individuals was the flashpoint and game changer for the APC in Taraba state.”
While lamenting that since the formation of APC in 2015, Taraba Northern Zone had enjoyed all the three ministerial slots from the APC government, the chairman noted that the South got81,568 votes for the party in the last presidential election.
“Frankly, all APC stakeholders in Taraba state are befitting to be appointed into ministerial positions and another parastatal. But, Mr President it is also paramount to note that since the formation of APC in 2015, Taraba Northern Zone has enjoyed all three ministerial slots from the APC government.
“While the Central zone has also enjoyed several other leadership positions such as the chairmanship of the party and other federal appointments. Sen Aisha Jummai Alhasan of blessed memory, Engr Sale Mamman, and Engr Muazu Sambo Jaji were all from the Northern part of the state, and were all made ministers,” the letter noted.
The forum, therefore, called on Mr Tinubu to beam his searchlight on the zone the next minister that would come from the state.
“Mr President, you are a firm believer of representative democracy and a rewarder of sacrifices. In accordance with your famous quote, it is “Emi Lo Kan” for southern Taraba.
“In fairness for the role played by southern Taraba stakeholders such as Chief David Sabo Kente, Chief Ezekiel Irimiya Afukunyo, General A.T Ibrahim, Prof Dalhatu Sangari, and a host of others we are appealing to Mr President to beam your touch light to the zone in search of competent men of honor for ministerial appointment in Taraba state,” the forum added.