BOARD APPOINTMENTS: Visible crack as APC hangs Buhari out to dry, says he acted alone
There appears to be a crack in the bond between the Presidency and the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) as the party has distanced itself from the controversial board appointments done by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, while speaking with journalists on Saturday in Abuja, said the party should not be blamed for the appointments as it was not fully involved in the process.
The Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) recently announced the appointment of 209 board chairpersons and 1,258 board members which featured dead people as well as appointees to private firms, among other anomalies.
Oyegun disclosed that the party was involved in the early stage of the process but was not consulted at the end, “otherwise some of the fully obvious problems in that list wouldn’t have been there.”
The chairman then urged the presidency to consult it in any future amendments to the list so as to avoid a similar development.
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“The list has caused enough controversy. It is pretty obvious that that the party was not involved in the final completion of the list.
“We demanded that that every state send nominees’ names to the committee set up for that but between then and now a lot has happened. People have changed parties, people have died, three governors who were not there before are now with us.
“It is my hope that we will be fully involved in review that has to now take place,” he said.
On the delay in holding of convention of the party for which it has been criticised by many, Oyegun said, “We are going to have our convention. We will kickstart with the caucus and NEC. This will be done at the end of the month give or take then we will go through the processes of congresses”.
Oyegun also spoke on some of the achievements of the APC-led administration.
He said, “Power will continue to improve not just in its generation but in distribution. The Buhari’s administration has stabilised the situation, it has firmed up the capacity to distribute. We are firmly in the process of feeding ourselves”.
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