Oshiohmole made his position known when he addressed State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
Recall the president had passed a ministerial list of forty-three persons who he has nominated for ministerial appointments.
The APC party leader, who was reacting to criticism that the list was based on political patronage, said, on the contrary, the list was meant to boost the formation of an all-inclusive government.
He highlighted that the president was magnanimous to have nominated up to two ministers from states that contributed less than five percent of the President’s votes in the 2019 Presidential election.
He said, ”Whose credibility? How credible are some of those who are talking?
”The point is that I don’t know if there is a Nigerian who knows every Nigerian.
”Even as I can say that I have worked for Nigerian people at all levels, as a worker in a factory, as President of the NLC, as governor of a state and now as a national chairman of a party, there are too many Nigerians I will never be able to know.
“The screening process is meant to enable those watching, it is not for nothing that it is televised, it is to enable Nigerians see who these people are.
“But you will find that people started dismissing the list even before they saw it, just like some other things that Nigerians dismiss without knowing the meaning.
“So, what you and I should insist on is that in the President’s second term, in this next level, our party, our government at the centre, state and local government level must deliver. That is the entry point for every Nigerian.
”And when you talk of patronage, should we appoint…have you heard of Americans appointing Russians because they are experts to go and preside over their Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs)?
“Even in your newspapers do you invite me as APC chairman to come and write your editorial? He queried
According to Oshiohmole, the president has shown the capacity to patronize all geo-political zones of the country including where he did not win the election.