Ahead Of 2019: Go To Your Constituencies President Buhari Tells Ministers, Political Appointees, As APC Leaders Grumble Over Lack Of Funds

PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER FEC MEETING 0A. L-R; President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Mr. Abubakar Malami. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of State, Agriculture, Mr. Heineken Lokpobiri and Minister of Communications, Otunba Shittu Adebayo during the Federal Executive Council Meeting in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. SEPT 19 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the marching order to ministers and all political appointees to henceforth go to their different constituencies to begin intense campaign for the victory of all APC candidates at the different elections in 2019.

Our correspondent gathered that President Buhari gave the order, on Wednesday, during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, at the Presidential Villa Abuja.

A source at Wednesday’s meeting told the Bridge News that the president’s directive followed complaints by top party leaders that some ministers in the present cabinet have no political values and that some of them are just “Abuja politicians”.

“So with the new directives, all ministers are expected to go to their respective constituencies to begin grassroots mobilization. Many of us don’t even know their political constituencies well and I believe that the presidential directive is designed to compel everyone of us to go back home to work for the successes of APC,” the source, who spoke to our correspondent, on Wednesday said.

President Buhari’s directive is coming on the heels of grumbling by top APC leaders of the lack of funds to run the party all levels.

Our correspondent gathered that the non-availability of funds to conduct the forthcoming primaries is tearing APC apart as leaders of the party including President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to release any fund to prepare the party ahead of the primaries.

A top party stalwart, who spoke to The Bridge News, on the condition of anonymity, said APC leaders are worried that a few days to the different primaries that will produce candidates for the general elections in 2019, no money has been made available to the leaders of the party to enable them go to their different constituencies to mobilize supporters for the different candidates.

The source said “I do not know how they want us to win the elections when there is no money with which to work. It is strange that a few days to the primaries, we do not even know where we are going. I do not know how they want us to run the campaigns,” the angry party source said.

Ministers and other top APC leaders have also voiced their displeasure over the development adding that the little money they have been exhausted on running the affairs of the party without any support from the party at the states and national levels.

“We have tried our best by spending our own personal monies but the truth of the matter is there are no encouragement from the top. I have personally spent so much in my state without any support from the national level and I cant continue like that. Everybody in the state who wants to do anything in APC comes to me and as I am talking to you now am broke. I can’t continue like that,” one of the ministers told our correspondents, on Wednesday, in Abuja.

“I really do not know how we are going to handle the forthcoming election. If we continue like this, it will be difficult for us to win elections,” another APC stalwart told our correspondent.