Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Kalu says Dr. Uche Ogah, the Minister-designate for Abia State, was better off than former Minister Okechukwu Enelamah, also from the state.
Enelamah was appointed Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment under President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term, in 2015, Igbere TV reports.
Addressing newsmen in Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, the former governor said Dr. Uche Ogah would perform better than the former Minister.
He spoke during the Abia North Zonal meeting with members of his Constituency, which held at his Camp Neya residence, in Igbere.
According to him, Enelamah, though a technocrat (just like Ogah), failed in the area of party politics which he said was also vital.
Kalu revealed that the party leadership in the state reported the former Minister to President Buhari, which he believes the President acted on.
His words: “We are very happy because the Minister-designate is better than the one we had before. The one then was also a good technocrat, but the Party leadership complained that he was not playing party politics and I am sure the President listened to their complaints.
“The President has once again brought in experienced politicians and core members of the Party (APC). And this is how it should be, it is all about Party politics”, he said.
“Remember, the (Party) Constitution forbids anybody who is not a card-carrying member from being nominated as Minister. So the President did only what is right and he should be commended rather than condemned”, Senator Kalu added.
By Emeh James Anyalekwa