Ministerial Appointment: Jonathan Urged To Ignore Sentiments


Dr. Jabbi Kilgore, Sokoto State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, on Thursday advised President Goodluck Jonathan to ignore politicians trying to influence his appointments into the federal cabinet.

Kilgore told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto that such politicians lacked moral values in ensuring the political growth of the nation.

“Most of them are failed politicians who were defeated in the recent general elections” he said.

He said most of such politicians, especially in Abuja, were not in touch with grassroots politicians whose votes counted in the recently concluded election.

He said the task ahead of the President was to evolve a political mechanism that would sustain the growth of PDP in future elections.

“We (PDP) lost some states, Senatorial seats as well as seats in the House of Representatives in the just concluded general elections because of the failure of such politicians to carry the people along,” he said.

“Such politicians are not helping matters towards the political growth of our party.

“Mr. President should as a matter of urgency use his good offices to reach out to aggrieved members of the party to ensure its sustainability in future election,” he said.

He advised the President to appoint grassroots politicians who would work towards the successful implementation of the party’s manifestoes.

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“I am very optimistic that disgruntled politicians have nothing to offer as far as moving the party forward is concerned.”

Kilgore advised such politicians to return to the grassroots and promote the “lofty ideals of PDP” rather than staying in Abuja.

“Politics is all about meeting and identifying with the yearnings and aspirations of the governed through effective governance,” he said.

He called on elected representatives of the party to fulfill all their campaign promises as a yardstick for the development of the party.

“Our electorate is in dire need of basic infrastructure that will

enhance their well-being,” he said.

He explained that already, the state government had mapped out strategies for the provision of essential infrastructure such as potable water, roads, education and agricultural implement, to boost food production.

“We have done it before and we are set to do it again because we are in the system to bring about a positive change for our people, irrespective of political party differences.”


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