Group Faults PDP Leader Over Ekiti Ministerial Slot

Ekiti Solidarity Organization has faulted the accusation and conter-accusation among the chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the state’s ministerial slot.

The group said that the authority to appoint a minister is vested in the president, wondering why the PDP chieftains should dissipate their energy on political vendetta on the matter.

According to the group in a statement on Wednesday, the PDP chief’s criticism of the alleged nomination of the Chief of Staff of Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Segun Ilori were uncalled for.

It accused a former member of the National Assembly of being behind the rumour of Ilori’s alleged nomination.

“If the selection and appointment of a minister is to be based on political and leadership experience that is rooted in intellectual capability, then we believe that Mr. President will not be distracted by any orchestrated campaign from any political apologist and Ilori is qualified by any standard.

“For those who care to know, Mr. Segun Ilori has been a veteran journalist, public relations practitioner and lawyer with over 25 years ex-perience, spanning the private and public sector.

“Having served as former Press Liaison Officer to former Governors Bode George, Olukoya and Olumilua in Ondo State, former Head of Corporate Affairs of a bank, former Personal Assistant to a Minister, former Special Assistant to Presidential Adviser on Energy, former board member of NTA, former National Steering Committee, member of APRM; member, Presidential Campaign committee on Publicity 2003 and 2007 and member of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State since 1998, then it is inconceivable that such a personality is still considered a “green horn” by people whose credentials are unknown.

“We urge those allegedly jostling for nomination to publish their credentials and experience so that the whole world can judge who is better qualified to represent Ekiti instead of embarking on shadow boxing and mudslinging of innocent persons,” the group stated.

It called on President Umar Yar’Adua to continue with his policy of selecting and appointing public office holders based on merit, experience, loyalty and astuteness, to accomplish the Seven-point Agenda of his administration.

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