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Advocates unhappy with ministerial nominations

08 October 2015, 13:16

Abuja - The Good Governance Advocates, a pro-democracy group, is not inspired by President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees.

The Senate confirmed the list on Tuesday.

“As the long awaited President Buhari’s ministerial nominees was unveiled on Tuesday 6th October, 2015 by Senate President Bukola Saraki, it was not unexpected to us here at Good Governance Advocates,” an executive with the organisation, Ifedayo Obi, said.

“For a national journey of 125days that has cost our economy so much due to lack of direction and indecisiveness of current government policies to yield this kind of output raises more questions than answers.”

Obi noted that the reason for staying too long was yet unknown to the public.

“If this is what tagged as technocrats, unquestionable characters, sanctimonious, corrupt free-entities and political angels then APC (All Progressives Congress) is absolutely synonymous to PDP (People’s Democratic Party). The list is more of appreciating Buhari's acolytes in his political wilderness than what Nigerians expected as a custom practised by PDP.”

The organisation highlighted the chequered past of most of the 21 officials Buhari nominated.

Also read: Groups protest against Buhari’s ministerial nominee

Among these include Rotimi Amaechi, described by Good Governance Advocates as the political lion of South-South, popularly known as the 'ATM machine' of the Buhari presidential campaign.

“His tenure as Governor of Rivers state was characterized with allegations of lawlessness, government waste, corruption and incompetence. One of it, was N50 billion bond he raised for his State to fund Buhari's campaign.

Babatunde Fashola, the Lagos State ministerial nominee is described as the competence and performance poster boy of the ruling APC government.

“He recently made news headlines after his successor leak on how as governor, he spent over N78million of Lagos State funds in designing his personal website. He was also alleged of over bloated projects like boreholes and road,” Obi said.

Obi also gave a negative analysis of Lai Mohammed, Buhari’s Kwara State ministerial nominee and spokesperson of APC.

“He is the brain behind APC’s fraudulent campaign promises including the “one meal a day” campaign, which Buhari disowned after his election.”

Obi added to the mixed reaction to the ministerial list.

“Please join us to welcome our newly appointed noisemakers.”

- CAJ News


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