By Amos Aar
A former presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Moses Ayom, has claimed that he resisted pressure mounted on him and calls by some groups that he be appointed a minister in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration so that Senator George Akume would not be appointed as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
Ayom who stated this while speaking to newsmen on Saturday in Makurdi explained that Akume was his boss and would carry him along.
“I rejected the call to be given a ministerial slot in preference for the appointment of Akume as SGF.
“I told them that I was not interested in a ministerial position, not because I am too big to serve my country under the Tinubu-led government, but because, I have tremendous respect for elders and leaders.
“I rather demanded and passionately appealed to the President that Akume be considered for the position of SGF and today the president has heeded to my appeal,” he said.
Ayom, who also hails from Benue like Senator Akume, described him as a man with a charitable heart and magnanimous disposition, adding that Akume made him who he is and he also brought him into APC.
“He has done so much for me and I cannot deny it,” Ayom stressed.
The Chairman of Cherrywood conglomerate applauded President Tinubu for appointing Akume as SGF and congratulated Akume on the feat attained.
“It gladdens my heart that President Tinubu heeded my appeal by appointing Akume as the SGF in his administration.
“I am elated that the president has honoured my appeal by appointing my mentor and leader, Akume, as the SGF.
“My joy knows no bounds by the appointment. I therefore, call on all and sundry to give the SGF the necessary support to succeed in his assignment,” Ayom said.