President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to extend federal appointments to the indigenes of Akure in Ondo state if they vote in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the upcoming governorship election in the state.
Speaking ahead of the rally in Akure today, the president told the people at the palace of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi that the indigenes of the state will get appointments in federal ministries and parastatals.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the president to have said: “Not giving federal appointment to any indigene from this kingdom is not deliberate.
“I came here for your votes which I got, so, there is no reason why indigenes of this state should not enjoy equal benefit as indigenes of other states.
“You have raised a serious observation that needs urgent attention.”
While expressing his pleasure with the APC primaries in the state, Buhari noted that, “I am here because of our party governorship candidate who is fully enjoying the support of Akure people and its environs.”
Meanwhile, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, Governors Akinwunmi Ambode, Rauf Aregbesola and Abiola Ajimobi of Lagos, Osun and Oyo states were not at the rally which had many APC big wigs in attendance.
Their absence further fueled reports that they may be perfecting strategies to float a new party to rival the APC in 2019 following the recent unrest in the party.