The Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has finally revealed the power play that cost the former minister of Trade and Investment a second shot at the Federal Executive Council.
The former governor while addressing newsmen at his home town in Igbere, Bende Local government area of Abia State said failure to play party politics was the reason Enelamah could not make it to the Buhari’s second tenure as a member of his cabinet.
Kalu said Dr. Uche Ogah, the Minister-designate for Abia State is better off than former Minister of Trade and Investment Okechukwu Enelamah, also from the state.
He insisted that Dr. Uche Ogah would perform better than the former Minister.
According to him, Enelamah, though a technocrat (just like Ogah), failed in the area of party politics which he said was also vital.
The Abia North Senator 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.
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