By Demola Akinyemi
The Coalition of North Central Progressives (CNCP) has raised its voice against the perceived marginalization of the North Central Region in Nigeria during the current ministerial nomination process by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, submitted to the National Assembly.
In a statement issued by the group’s spokesperson, Ishak Aliyu, the CNCP expressed deep concern over the allocation of ministerial positions to regions with lesser contributions to President Tinubu’s electoral success. The group cited the example of states like Kwara, which delivered 100% national seats to Tinubu, receiving only one ministerial nominee, while other regions with lower electoral performances secured two ministerial slots.
The group also lamented the potential withdrawal of the party chairmanship position from the region, which was expected to be retained by right of first refusal. Feeling neglected and relegated to a secondary position, the CNCP emphasized that they could not remain silent.
While expressing optimism for a better Nigeria under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s leadership, the CNCP expressed disappointment with the lack of recognition for the North Central region, which played a significant role in the electoral success of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Particularly, the CNCP pointed out Kwara as an outstanding example, as the state delivered resounding victories for the APC, winning all National Assembly seats and 23 out of 24 State Assembly seats. However, the region was surprised to receive only one ministerial slot, allocated to an individual without any notable contribution to the APC’s electoral success in the state or a proven track record of political engagement.
In light of these concerns, the CNCP called upon President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to reconsider the ministerial nomination and allocate two slots to states in the North Central region, especially Kwara. The group urged that such nominees should possess a commendable and progressive political track record, offering consolation to those who have long believed in Tinubu’s political ideology.
As the CNCP voices its demands, it hopes for an equitable representation of the North Central region in the government, acknowledging the importance of recognizing states that have demonstrated unwavering support for the party and its leaders.