The South-South zone of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) has expressed optimism that
President Muhammadu Buhari would treat them
fairly in future appointments.
Speaking at the end of the post-election Zonal
National Executive Meeting (NEC) of the party in
Calabar at the weekend, Hillard Eta, the national
vice chairman of the party in the zone said it was
still too early to ‘cry wolf’, This Day reports.
He said: “ It is too early in the day to cry wolf; I
am assured that the south-south will definitely
get its fair share of the appointments. But we
should not delude ourselves that appointments in
whatever hue is a guarantee of development.”
Eta described the agitations and clamour for
ethnic representation in appointments as
retrogressive and unnecessarily overheating the
According to him, the APC government was
committed to developing every part of the
country, including the South-South.
He stated that Nigeria needed the best hands to
help in rebuilding the nation, while also calling on
the president to choose the best brains that can
deliver on the party’s electioneering promises.
The vice chairman called on the party’s loyalists
to join hands with President Buhari and the APC
to rebuild the nation.
Speaking on Buhari’s anti-corruption war, Eta
said the zonal NEC was fully in support of it and
advised the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) to stop distracting the process.
“ We are presently suffering oftentimes
unreasonable barbs from an unsettled PDP on
account of Mr. President’s steely resolve to
confront corruption. They would rather be allowed
corruption take a bow,” he added.
According to him, those guilty of looting the
country, must be ready to face justice as the APC
government was committed to clearing the mess
inflicted on Nigerians by the PDP.
The APC south-south NEC meeting was attended
by the party’s national executive council
members and members of the board of trustees
from the zone.
Widespread reactions and speculations have
greeted Buhari’s appointments so far. Some have
described it as lopsided and in favour of the North
while others have said it is too early to judge.
Last week, South-South politicians under the
aegis of Politicians and Political Office Holders in
the South-South (PPOHSS) had applauded the
president , saying he was placing Nigeria on the
world map for good and running an accountable
and transparent government.