Political appointments serve two distinct functions. One is to reward supporters and the other to control the state. The reward function of political appointment is a feature of many traditional patronage systems, where the political party that wins an election rewards its campaign workers and other active supporters with appointments to government positions and through other favours.
But this has not been the case for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as most of its foot soldiers during the 2019 elections are yet to be “rewarded” nine months after the party came to power for a second term.
One of these loyalists, who hails from the south eastern part of the country could not hide his frustration during a recent encounter with Politricks. He emphatically said that he never envisaged that he would be treated shabbily by the APC leadership despite his commitment, material and otherwise during the polls.