The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday described as an unpardonable national embarrassment, the appointment of deceased persons as members of various federal boards by President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration.
This is even as more names continue to crop up on the list that presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shdhu, has sought to downplay as human mistakes.
But for the PDP, it was more of incompetence. Its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan. in a statement said the development has further confirmed PDP’s position that the APC administration is completely confused, disorganized and grossly incompetent, adding that Nigerians can now see the level recklessness and shoddiness inherent in the management of the nation under the APC.
Other than the initial three names of late Senator Francis Okpozo, DIG Donald Ugbaja, and Rev. Christopher Utov, at least six other have cropped up.
They are: Kabir Umar, late Emir of Katagum (Bauchi State), board of the Federal Medical Centre, Azare, Bauchi; Garba Attahiru, (Kaduna) chairman, board of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa late Alhaji Umar Dange (Sokoto) board member of the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta; Ahmed Bunza (Kebbi); Magdalene Kumu (Taraba), board member, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB); and Dr. Nabbs Imegwu (Rivers), member, board of the National Orthopedic Hospitals.
PDP noted that the situation has further exposed why the nation’s economy has been in shambles under the APC and wondered how a government which cannot tidy up a routine issue of board appointment for over two years can successfully take on complex issues of governance.
“Nigerians can now see why the nation’s economy has been in shambles in the last two years. When we say that this government is completely inept, some Nigerians did not know to which level, but now they do.
This inability to tidy up a simple issue of list of 209 appointees has completely exposed the extent the APC government is bereft of simple organizational skills to manage a country like Nigeria, which is in dire need of development.
“How on earth can a government that cannot compile a common list handle intricate issues of national planning and budgeting; issues of health, education, aviation, agriculture, infrastructure and management of the huge civil service?
“How can they possibly initiate and successfully implement national and international instruments for national development in today’s competetive world?
“This also explains why nothing has been working under the APC government. Furthermore, the mix up in the list also exposes the corruption in the APC government.
“The fact is that the government of our dear country has been in wrong hands in the last two years and the situation will continue to worsen unless the nation is rescued from them in 2019.
Finally, we urge Nigerians to disregard the lame excuses by the APC government and hold them responsible for the woes that have befallen our country under their inept and undesirable regime.