The national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has threatened to expel the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, from the party.
Oshiomole and Ngige have been at loggerhead over the refusal of the minister to inaugurate boards of parastatals under his ministry, several months after they were appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“If the minister refuses we will suspend him from the party,” the party chairman said on Monday at the State House in Abuja.
“And if the President condones disrespect for his office, I will not condone disrespect for the party,"
"when we expel the minister we will prevail on the president that he can’t keep him 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" Oshiomole added.
Oshiomhole expressed his grievance after Ngige replied a letter by the party asking him to inaugurate all board members appointed under his ministry.
Ngige while responding insisted that he had inaugurated three boards in the ministry but would not be in a hurry to inaugurate that of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), because of an alleged N40 billion corruption scandal by the former board.
However, the former governor of Edo state emphasized that no minister his above the rules of the party.
"For me, it is the height of mischief for any minister: you cannot purport to be an honourable minister and you act dishonourably and nobody is greater than the party."
He further stated that the party will not allow any of its members to take the president for granted and if anyone is found guilty would face the consequence.
"So, we are informing them that it is either they comply to the president’s instructions or they comply with the party’s position or they go and administer outside the government,” Oshiomole said.