By John Akpan
The Kogi East caucus of the All Progressive Congress, APC, on Thursday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a replacement of the late minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi.
The political leaders described as disheartening the president’s failure replace Mr. Ocholi, who died on March 6, 2016 in a road accident along Abuja-Kaduna expressway.
“We have missed a lot. You know what it takes for you not to have a representative at the Federal Executive Council, FEC, level. Anytime there is a Federal Executive Meeting, Kogi people would not be represented as a state. it is quite disheartening, that is to say nobody is talking for us and nobody is hearing from us. So, it is a monumental loss as far as policies are concern,” he said.
The APC caucus said in a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting in Abuja that the president should do the needful by urgently appointing a minister from the Kogi East Senatorial district of the state, which produced the late Ocholi.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the zonal chairman of the party, Isa Daniel, urged the president to appoint someone from Igala tribe for fairness and political balance in the state.
“You see, we are from Kogi East, the late Barrister James Ocholi was an Igala man from Kogi East, and to us Igala nation, that is our slot.
“We will always appeal to the President, Muhammadu Buhari to kindly replace Mr. James Ocholi with an Igala person for us. That is our stand as far as zoning is concerned,” he said.
He lamented that the state has missed a lot due to non replacement of Mr. Ocholi almost a year after his death.
While commending the efforts of the state governor, Yahya Bello, the leaders however called on the governor to reinstate all the genuine Igala sons and daughters the state referred to as “ghost workers” to their respective positions.
Those who attended the meeting include the APC Zonal Chairman, Prof. Isa Daniel, Senators Emmanuel Dangana Ocheja and Abdulrahman Abubakar, House of Representatives members, Hon. Benjamin Ikani Okolo and Hon. Hassan Omale.
Others inlude Hajia Alimo Alfa, former governorship candidate, Chief Okpanachi Ubolo, Chief John Odawn, Major General Patrick Akpa, retd, Hon. Tom Zakari, retired Commissioner of Police, Mr Aurenus Adejoh, Secretary of APC in Kogi State, Gowon Egbunu, amongst others.