Ministers in the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan who are not card-carrying members of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are currently panic-stricken over a statement credited to the party's National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
Tukur was last week quoted as saying that henceforth, ministerial nominees who are not card-carrying members of the ruling party would be denied ministerial appointments.
Tukur's pronouncement was said to have been elicited by the observation by the Deputy Senate Minority Leader, Abdul Ningi, who complained that non-members of the PDP were being favoured in choice ministerial portfolios, to the detriment of members who toiled for the party's electoral victory.
Ningi had observed that the apolitical ministers so favoured do not bear any sense of loyalty to the ruling party while enjoying the privileges and perks of office.
The party chairman was said to have ordered that serving ministers must register as members of the party in their various wards and obtain registration cards for the purpose of clearance for appointments.
"No minister will get cleared without the party card. You must be a card carrying member. You pay your dues, we know you, the people know you, the governor knows you and you are registered and known in your ward," he declared.
Apart from PDP members, who are ministers in the present government, there are other ministers who are referred to as technocrats.