'We Had No Hand In Buhari's List Of Dead Appointees' - APC
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun has said the party was not involved in the final compilation of the list of board appointments that contained the names of dead Nigerians.
Names of up to eight dead individuals including those no longer in the ruling APC were on the list released by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, on December 29, 2017.
In explaining the mistake, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said that the list was compiled in 2015 after state chapters of the party were asked to submit names for appointments.
He said the names were compiled by the national secretariat of the APC and forwarded to the then SGF, Babachir Lawal.
But while speaking with journalists in Abuja on Saturday, Oyegun said the party was not involved in the final compilation.
His words: "We have followed the issue of board appointments and I think that the issue has raised a lot controversy already. The only thing I want to add is that it is pretty obvious that the party was not involved in the final stages of the compilation of that list.
“Yes, we sent at the initial stage and I am talking of a period of two years ago. We demanded for every state to make 50 nominations which were sent to the committee in charge of the list for the purpose. They completed the initial exercise that time but since then a lot has happened.
“People have changed parties, people have died, we have three new governors that were not there when the list was compiled. Therefore, it was clear that there was obvious need for us to look at the final outcome of the exercise.
“But we are not fortunate to participate in that final stage otherwise it is quite clear such would not have occurred. It is my sincere hope that we will be fully involved in the review that has to now take place and any other exercise moving forward from this date.”
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