The South-South zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari would treat them fairly in future appointments.
Speaking at the end of the post-election Zonal National Executive Meeting (NEC) of the party in Calabar at the weekend, Hillard Eta, the national vice chairman of the party in the zone said it was still too early to ‘cry wolf’, This Day reports.
He said: “It is too early in the day to cry wolf; I am assured that the south-south will definitely get its fair share of the appointments. But we should not delude ourselves that appointments in whatever hue is a guarantee of development.”
Eta described the agitations and clamour for ethnic representation in appointments as retrogressive and unnecessarily overheating the polity.
According to him, the APC government was committed to developing every part of the country, including the South-South.
He stated that Nigeria needed the best hands to help in rebuilding the nation, while also calling on the president to choose the best brains that can deliver on the party’s electioneering promises.
The vice chairman called on the party’s loyalists to join hands with President Buhari and the APC to rebuild the nation.
Speaking on Buhari’s anti-corruption war, Eta said the zonal NEC was fully in support of it and advised the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop distracting the process.
“We are presently suffering oftentimes unreasonable barbs from an unsettled PDP on account of Mr. President’s steely resolve to confront corruption. They would rather be allowed corruption take a bow,” he added.
According to him, those guilty of looting the country, must be ready to face justice as the APC government was committed to clearing the mess inflicted on Nigerians by the PDP.
The APC south-south NEC meeting was attended by the party’s national executive council members and members of the board of trustees from the zone.
Widespread reactions and speculations have greeted Buhari’s appointments so far. Some have described it as lopsided and in favour of the North while others have said it is too early to judge.
Last week, South-South politicians under the aegis of Politicians and Political Office Holders in the South-South (PPOHSS) had applauded the president, saying he was placing Nigeria on the world map for good and running an accountable and transparent government.