By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes, (CCII) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government of sidelining Ibadan indigenes in Ministerial appointments.
President General of the Central Council, Chief Adeyemi Soladoye at a press conference stressed that it was surprising that the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC since 2015 has not deemed it fit to consider Ibadanland for even “Junior Minister”.
The CCII President General emphasized, “it is getting clearer that we, Ibadan people all along as mere oversight is now pilling up to wear the toga of deliberate neglect “.
“It is also pertinent to seize this opportunity to draw the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria to the apparent sidelining of Ibadan indigenes in particular on Ministerial appointments and in general key federal positions in Nigeria since the APC took over the reigns of power at the Federal level in 2015”, he said .
Chief Soladoye added, “we know the huge financial and reputational Investments of the numerous Ibadan APC candidates in the 2015 and 2019 General Elections at the Gubernatorial, Senatorial and other levels. Ibadanland has over 50% of the registered voters in Oyo state and though the current Governor of the state might not have emerged from APC, yet the votes of Ibadan people in absolute terms played significant roles in the emergence of APC candidates at Presidential, Senatorial and House of Rep. levels”.
“To live happily with the realization that Ibadanland does not deserve even a junior Minister position or any other key Federal appointment since 2015 is in fact a strange dimension in the political equation of Nigeria. Sincerely, Ibadan has never been so discountenanced as is happening now since the advent of the 1st Republic in 1960. It is getting clearer that what we Ibadan people all along regard as mere oversight is now pilling up to wear the toga of deliberate neglect”.
The CCII President General said, “we humbly appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to please quickly redress our grievances in the best manner possible”.