A foundation member of the All Progressives Congress and Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has appealed to President Bola Tinubu not to drop a former governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, from ministerial appointment.
Tinubu had nominated El-Rufai for a ministerial position, but the Senate refused to confirm his nomination allegedly over a security report.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Sunday, Okechukwu said El-Rufai would be invaluable to Tinubu’s administration, especially in the power sector.
He said, “The extraordinary El-Rufai tonic was lost by Buhari and one will not like neither our dear nation nor President Tinubu to miss this rare gem. Added is that our great party the APC, will benefit immensely from plethora of performing ministers as we approach 2027 general elections.
“His ejection from the system will regrettably lead to the ejection of more Nigerians from the national electricity grid. A lot of rich Nigerians are already ejected from our public electricity supply chain by the epileptic power supply and many poor Nigerians by high tariffs. We need a unique one like El-Rufai to fix it.
“I am neither a cheerleader of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai nor am I saying that he is indispensable; however, as Mr Project, he is equipped more than some of us to not only transform our electricity chain but sanitise the toxic energy industry.”