National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has threatened to suspend the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, from the party.
Oshiomhole who addressed journalists in Abuja, on Monday, said he will not give room for “dishonourable” ministers.
According to him, if Ngige fails to constitute and inaugurate board members for Federal Agencies’ parastatals under his ministry he will be expelled from the APC.
His words: “If the minister refuses we will suspend him from the party. We must return to internal discipline. For me it is the height of mischief for any minister, you cannot purport to be Honourable Minister and you act dishonourably. Nobody is greater than the party.
“If the President condones disrespect for his office, I will not condone disrespect for the party.”
The National Chairman said some Ministers have abused the ‘fatherly disposition’ of President Muhammadu Buhari and therefore,
Oshiomhole stressed that efforts will be put in place to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to instill discipline in members of his cabinet as some ministers have abused the president’s “fatherly disposition”.
“They have taken undue advantage of the President’s fatherly disposition. When we expel the Minister, we will prevail on the President that he can’t keep in his cabinet people who have neither respect for his own decisions nor have respect for the party without which they would not have been Ministers.
“There are no independent candidates in our system. No Minister is above the party. It is absolutely illegal for a Minister in a democracy to prey on the powers of the board. The laws establishing those institutions are clear. The boards have procedures to follow.
“When a minister sits in his office to award a contract that didn’t go through boards, this is clearly an abuse of office.
“I am convinced that what they are doing is not with the endorsement of Mr. President. I tell them it is the same authority that appoints these people. It is the same green pen that made them Ministers that appointed these boards that they are refusing to swear in” Oshiomhole said
The former Edo governor stated further: “We have respect for Ministers but only to the extent that they recognise that they are a product of a political party. They either comply or we will expel them from the party.”
On the threats coming from members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), Oshiomhole maintained that the APC would not change nor negotiate its core values in order to retain aggrieved members.