Kenneth Okonkwo, the chieftain of the Labour Party and spokesperson for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the recently concluded election, has criticized the proposed ministerial list of nominees by President Tinubu.
The submission of President Tinubu’s proposed ministerial list of forty-seven nominees, comprising first and second batches, to the national assembly for screening has elicited reactions from many Nigerians. The distribution of nominees, with some having three while others have just one, has raised concerns and discussions about the selection process and potential implications for governance and representation.
Kenette Okonkwo’s criticism of President Tinubu’s ministerial nominees highlights concerns regarding the breach of the Federal Character Commission Law in Nigeria. The Law is designed to ensure equitable representation of all states and geo-political zones in ministerial appointments. Opposing the list, Okonkwo emphasized that no geo-political zone should have more nominees than others, and the Senate should adhere to the law they enacted for the sake of peace, order, good governance, and fair ministerial screening. This debate underscores the significance of maintaining a balanced and inclusive government representation across the nation.
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He Wrote: “The proposed ministerial list before the Senate is a blatant breach of the Federal Character Principle Commission Act. No State is allowed to have three Ministers when all States have not gotten two, and no geopolitical Zone is allowed to have two more than any other geopolitical Zone.”
“The Senate should be reading the laws it made for the peace, order, and good governance of Nigeria to be properly guided in its screening exercise”.