Time to purge PDP elements from Buhari’s administration - Oshiomhole
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said the party would do all in its power to get President Muhammadu Buhari to flush out elements of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in his administration.
"When Nigerians complain that they have not seen the change we promised in certain areas, it is because those agencies are still being managed by PDP elements,” he said.
Oshiomhole who took a swipe at the PDP led Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, noted that the group is a collection of old coaches, incapable of searching for energetic players but only settling for tired legs.
He described the coalition as a gathering of a million snails trying to outrun an antelope, restating the fact that because the acclaimed 'Reformed' APC did not get what they wanted in the ruling party was not enough reason for them to have opted out.
He noted: "We are aware that even as at today, we still have a lot of PDP people occupying very important positions in federal agencies. We will do everything possible to purge these elements out of the system because we are a party of change. They are the conservative right-wing party. We cannot entrust to conservative forces an agenda for change. Government is not in the Villa.
"Villa is the head of government. Government is in the agencies - what they do, how they do it, the quality of service delivery and the style of that service delivery. That is how the ordinary man interfaces with power and if these agencies are in the hands of those who do not believe in our change agenda, then we cannot expect miracles from them.
"And for those who are aggrieved as to how certain things are done, those who question that they do not seem to see the difference because substantially, PDP is still managing these agencies. So, we have a duty to convince the federal executive that we have no business, this government has no business with any PDP in sensitive federal agencies and using their old tactics in service delivery. That, I believe is a task that all of us must pursue.
"I believe that we now must work consciously to ensure that in replacing, we replace sinners with believers. Believers are those who are card-carrying members of our party and before we go outside the party family, we must convince ourselves that the persons we are taking, we are taking him because we do not have that particular expertise within the family, but even so, he must first take the card and demonstrate loyalty because if you do not believe in a process, you cannot be entrusted with the management of that process.”