Ekiti APC hails Buhari over board appointments

Fani-Kayode on his Twitter handle said that 'anybody that more comfortable working with the dead than he is with the living is a practicing necromancer'.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reacting to the dead appointees brouhaha, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government is confused. He died in December 2016 and President Buhari had sent a letter of condolence to the family. Another person, Senator Francis Okpozo, was appointed as Chairman of the Nigerian Press Council. Buhari appointed Reverend Christopher Utov as a member of Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Mr Ugbaja, who was appointed by the President as a member of the Consumer Protection Council, died on November 29, 2017.

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media, says there is nothing scandalous about the appointments made by his principal into boards of government agencies.

According to him, "no human undertaking can be free of mistakes", maintaining that "there is no scandal" involved in the appointments.

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In a statement today by SERAP deputy director Timothy Adewale the organization said, "Appointing at least 8 dead people as board members would seem to suggest that the 1,467 appointments approved by Buhari were unscreened for competence, merit, equity, aptitude and conflicts of interest".

When asked why the list was not vetted before release, Shehu countered that it actually took more than 2 years to collate the list and resolve disputes arising over the selection of persons nominated by certain governors and other stakeholders.

"To answer this, the President constituted a committee under Vice President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo to review and reflect the interests of the Governors".

"The list has a history which explains the controversy around it".

The statement added: "As a stalwart of the APC in the South-South, President Buhari believes that the party greatly benefited from the octogenarian's charismatic leadership and wealth of experience as a politician".


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