The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has threatened to suspend the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, citing insubordination.
Oshiomhole said this while addressing journalists in Abuja, on Monday, noting if Ngige fails to constitute and inaugurate board members for Federal Agencies’ parastatals under his ministry he will be expelled from the ruling party, Channels writes.
“If the Minister refuses we will suspend him from the party. We must return to internal discipline. For me it is the height of mischief for any Minister, you cannot purport to be Honourable Minister and you act dishonourably. Nobody is greater than the party.
“If the President condones disrespect for his office, I will not condone disrespect for the party.”
The former Edo State governor pointed out that efforts will be put in place to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to instill discipline in members of his cabinet and Ministers who have abused his ‘fatherly disposition.’
“They have taken undue advantage of the President’s fatherly disposition. When we expel the Minister, we will prevail on the President that he can’t keep in his cabinet people who have neither respect for his own decisions nor have respect for the party without which they would not have been Ministers.
“When a minister sits in his office to award a contract that didn’t go through boards, this is clearly an abuse of office.
Oshiomhole however stressed that his threat does not mean he does not respect Nigerian Ministers.
“We have respect for Ministers but only to the extent that they recognise that they are a product of a political party. They either comply or we will expel them from the party.”