In an attempt to ensure that the ministerial nomination of Mr. Femi Falana, scales the hurdle, stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ekiti State, have thrown their weight behind the human rights lawyer.
Falana is one of those being proposed as minister in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Rising from an emergency meeting held in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, the APC members in Ekiti Southwest Local Government, where Falana hails from, maintained that the lawyer is eminently qualified for the office of minister.
They described him as a man of impeccable records and a consistent proponent of good governance and defender of human rights.
The communique signed by all the party leaders, was read by Bunmi Akinniyi, a former state Organising Secretary of the APC.
The APC leaders condemned those who wrote petitions to blackmail Falana challenging his nomination on grounds that he is not a card-carrying member of the party on Ekiti State.”
“Falana is a completely neutral person. He is the best thing that could happen to the party in the state for now as the legal luminary would be in the best position to rally all factions for success in future elections.
“Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari, has promised Nigerians that by September 2015, he would appoint his cabinet members.
“Consequent upon this promise, some names are said to have been forwarded to the security agencies for screening and clearance, among which was Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) from Ekiti Southwest Local Government Area, Ekiti State.
“Arising from this, a clique of mischief makers wrote petitions to blackmail Mr. Femi Falana, challenging his nomination on grounds that he is not a card-carrying member of APC in Ekiti State.
“The meeting noted that this unpatriotic action is least expected against the person of Mr. Femi Falana who is not only known as a crusader for good governance and a defender of human rights, but who, as a political leader, had used his professional knowledge and material resources to support ACN and APC in Ekiti State and particularly in Ekiti Southwest Local Government where he hails from.
“The meeting expressed appreciation to Mr. President for deeming it fit to nominate our forthright, incorruptible Femi Falana (SAN) to join other patriotic Nigerians in his cabinet to fight corruption and return Nigeria to her past glory.
“The meeting urged Mr. President, the National Leader of APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun as well as all members of the National Executive Committee and other patriotic party leaders to discountenance the unscrupulous petitions and weigh the efforts of Falana for ACN and APC, his long years of advocacy for good governance in Nigeria and his ability to assist Mr. President in his efforts to fight corruption against frivolous excuses.”