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Handover: APC accuses FG of frustration



The APC says the Goodluck Jonathan administration is frustrating its efforts to ensure a smooth handover that would enable the incoming administration of Muhammadu Buhari take off on a good standing.

The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, described as an act of hostility, the “unnecessary vituperation against the incoming Buhari administration by the Jonathan government.”

He alleged that it was becoming apparent that the outgoing government would not fully cooperate with the incoming Buhari government, despite its public posturing in that regard.

The APC said that while the outgoing government had earlier issued a memo to all ministries, departments and agencies to make sure their handover notes were ready by April 20, it reversed itself and said that the handover notes would not be ready until May 14.

The statement added, “With the new date, the Buhari transition committee will have little or no time to take a thorough look at the handover notes or seek clarification on knotty issues, effectively handing it (Buhari transition committee) a fait accompli as far as the handover notes are concerned.

“This does not augur well for a smooth transition and gives the impression that the outgoing administration is trying to hide something. By its dilly-dallying on the date for the readiness of the handover notes from the MDAs, the administration’s posturing that it is ready to hand over has been exposed as nothing but a smokescreen.”

The party also described as “illogical and strange,” the claim by the government that the President-elect was trying to set up a parallel government simply because he had set up his own transition committee and given it terms of reference.

The APC wondered how those terms of reference had become the concern of the outgoing Federal Executive Council.

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