50% of PDP mem­bers in Buhari’s gov’t – Hameed Ali

APC has de­railed, says Cus­toms boss

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Muideen Olaniyi

The Comp­trol­ler-Gen­eral of the Nige­rian Cus­toms Ser­vice (NCS), re­tired Colonel Hameed Ali, says the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC)-led fed­eral gov­ern­ment seems to find it dif­fi­cult to move for­ward and achieve its tar­gets be­cause 50 per cent of mem­bers of the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) are in the gov­ern­ment.

Ali spoke yes­ter­day at the com­mis­sion­ing and of­fi­cial open­ing of the na­tional head­quar­ters of the Buhari Sup­port Or­gan­i­sa­tions (BSO) in Abuja.

“To­day, with all sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity, I want to say that we have 50 per cent of PDP in our gov­ern­ment. How can we move for­ward with this load? How can we achieve our tar­get with this load? To­day, we have mem­bers of the PDP call­ing the shots. That is what we will be­gin to fight for, we will fight for our right po­si­tion, our vi­sion and our mis­sion for this gov­ern­ment,” he said.

Ali apol­o­gised for delv­ing into pol­i­tics, and added: “But it is very es­sen­tial be­cause we are a po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion. It is time for us to wake up from slum­ber and chart a course for this great na­tion.”

The Cus­toms CG lamented that those who fought for the in­stal­la­tion of the gov­ern­ment of change were yet to be fully ap­pre­ci­ated, say­ing the BSO must get back to the trenches and cham­pion the new bat­tle for good gov­er­nance.

“We must do so be­cause we want to save our name and the name of the pres­i­dent for what he is do­ing. Our pres­i­dent is on course and all we need is to en­sure that we sup­port him,” Ali said, adding that the APC gov­ern­ment has de­railed half­way into the jour­ney, through the grad­ual loss of its core val­ues, vi­sion and mis­sion.

“We have no prob­lem with our Pres­i­dent be­cause he is on course. But I must con­fess here that we have been in­fused by peo­ple who were not part of this jour­ney and th­ese peo­ple are the ones that call the shots to­day,” he also said.

Ali added, “It is my be­lief that those of us who have been in the trenches all th­ese years to get good gov­er­nance will surely be sleep­ing with belly ache every day, es­pe­cially in the re­cent past. Every day, when you wake up, there is a story that makes you cringe. We can­not sit back and al­low things to hap­pen the way they are hap­pen­ing. “

“We are the ones that will be asked to ac­count for what hap­pened. Are we will­ing to face Nige­ri­ans and tell them that we have failed? I think this is the time for us to come to­gether, cre­ate a sys­tem to fight back and take back gov­ern­ment in our hands and en­sure that we de­liver.”

Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo was rep­re­sented by the min­is­ter of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), Muhammed Musa Bello at the cer­e­mony which was at­tended by the gov­er­nors of Bauchi, Kogi and Plateau states.The event, hosted by the Cus­toms CG and chaired by Sen­a­tor Olorun­nibe Mamora, was also at­tended by the min­is­ters of De­fence, Niger Delta, Trade (State), Health (State), Sen­a­tor Mag­mus Abe, Umana Umana, Fes­tus Keyamo, Ita Enang, and Muham­mad Sanusi Da­gash, among other APC big­wigs.

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