National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress and first Executive Governor of Edo State, Chief John Evbouyomwan Odigie-Oyegun has exonerated his party from the blame for appointment of about half a dozen names of deceased men in federal board appointments.
The former Edo State governor who led the APC to victory in 2015 rested the blame in the presidency headed by his own party man, Gen Muhammed Buhari.
Many respondents however fault Oyegun’s attempt at exonerating his party from blame in the disgraceful incidence, claiming that Buhari and the APC are one and the same and as Dr Thompson Omorodion, a don of Political Science stated “APC is Buhari and Buhari is APC. If one is bad the other cannot claim to be good.”
Oyeguna said the party leadership was not involved in the compilation of the controversial list of appointees into the boards of federal agencies.
He explained that this led to the embarrassing situation which the government was dealing with.
According to him, the party was initially contacted and it asked state chapters to submit 50 names each to be considered for such appointments.
He said the list was not submitted to the party secretariat but to a presidential committee headed by the sacked Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.
He said, “It is pretty obvious that the party was not involved in the final stages of the compilation of that list. Yes, at the initial stage and I am talking about two years ago, we demanded that every state makes 50 nominations which was duly sent to the committee set up for the purpose at that time.
“Since then, a lot had happened. People have changed parties, people have died, we have had three new governors who were not there when the original list was compiled and so it was clear that there was a need for us to look at the final outcome.”
He noted that if the party leadership was involved in the final stage, some of the obvious errors would not have been made.
Odigie-Oyegun expressed hope that the party would be involved in the review and any further exercise.
A top ranking member of the party, who pleaded anonymity, said if care was not taken, the list would create more problems than it was meant to solve.