10th June, 2011
The Lagos State chapter of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday urged President Goodluck Jonathan to nominate indigenes to represent states for ministerial appointments.
Lagos State Publicity Director of the PDP, Mr. Taofik Gani, said at a press briefing in Lagos that such an appointment would be in conformity with the 1999 Constitution.
â€œSection 147 (Sub Section 3) of the Constitution emphasised that an indigene must be nominated for a ministerial position.
â€œIt, therefore, follows that states should be allowed to have the privilege of nominating its own indigenes for the slots,â€ he said.
He urged Jonathan to consider the â€œprecarious state of the Lagos PDP while appointing a minister from the state so that the people, especially party members, will enjoy political patronage.
â€œOur insistence on an indigenous minister is based on the fact that it will be a political plus for the PDP currently in opposition in Lagos State.
â€œWe want to avoid the mistakes of the last dispensation where a non-indigene was given the slot of Lagos State.
â€œWe need a minister that would lend support to the party,â€ he said.
On the media war between the Awolowo family and a newspaper columnist, Mr. Sam Omatseye, Gani said that it was wrong to attempt to demystify the Awolowo family.
â€œThe qualities and contributions of the late sage, and by extension his family, to the Yoruba nation is unparalleled and must be seen so.
â€œThe PDP gives its solidarity to the matriarch of the Awolowo family, Chief H.I.D Awolowo,â€ he added.