The Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed speculations that it was imposing the next ministerial candidate for President Muhammadu Buhari‘s yet to be constituted cabinet.
Naija News understands that rumours have been rife on the alleged backing of a particular individual by the leadership of the party in Oyo State for the ministerial slot against the interest of other contenders.
Reacting in a statement on Tuesday, the Oyo APC Chairman, Akin Oke, said Buhari has not contacted it for the nomination of candidates for the ministerial slot.
He said, “To set the record straight, there was never a time Mr President or any of his aides contacted us for ministerial nomination and as such, we could not have made any effort to suggest or nominate anyone to represent the state in the new cabinet.
“Moreso, such nomination and appointment is the prerogative of Mr President and the law of the land is clear on this.
“As much as we crave for the appointment of a competent hand from our dear state, who would add value to the cause of a better nation and contribute his quota to the revitalisation of Oyo APC, we have no reason to influence President Buhari’s choice of nominee.”