APC Leaders Angry As Buhari Appoints More Northerners

Date: 28-08-2015 6:27 am (7 years ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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THERE was an outrage in the ruling All Progressives Congress on Thursday over the announcement of new appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Leaders of the APC, who spoke to The PUNCH, complained that the appointments tilted in favour of the North and said the party must move fast to cope with the backlash of expected rumblings in the polity.

“The President does not consult before making most of these appointments and I can tell you that Nigerians are going to term the party and the President as a northern party and the President of Northern Nigeria,” a leader of the party said to one of our correspondents late on Tuesday.

Buhari, according to a statement by his Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Thursday approved the appointment of Babachir David Lawal from Adamawa State as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. He also named Mr. Abba Kyari from Borno state as his Chief of Staff.

Other appointments approved by the President, according to the statement, are those of Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd.) as the new Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service; Mr. Kure Martin Abeshi, Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service; Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate); and Suleiman Kawu as SSA on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives).

Both Ali and Kawu are from Kano State and Abeshi is from Nasarawa. Enang from Akwa Ibom State is the only one from the south geo-political zone.

Adesina said all the appointments would take immediate effect.

Three top national officers of the APC, who spoke with one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity shortly after the announcements were made, wondered why the President was appointing only northerners to positions to the detriment of the southerners.

They said that the President was already giving the party a bad name among Nigerians. They said they had hoped that he would learn from the criticisms that trailed his first appointments where more northerners were appointed into sensitive positions than southerners.

Before the latest appointments, the President had also named only one southerner among the initial nine appointments he made.

The northerners in the first appointments are the Director-General of the State Services, Lawal Daura; Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mrs. Amina Zakari; the Director, Department of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Mordecai Danteni Baba Ladan; and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris.

Also in the first appointments are the President’s Chief Security Officer, Abdulrahman Mani; State Chief of Protocol, Mallam Abdullahi Kazaure; Aide- De-Camp, Lt. Col. Muhammed Abubakar; and the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.

Only the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, hailed from Osun Staten in the South-West.

Another APC leader said the party must devise a way of managing the backlash that would follow the appointments.

He said, “Though the President did not get much votes from the South-East but we must not neglect the zone in key appointments.

“Even the South-West that supported and was the backbone of the party, what are we giving the zone in appreciation? We need to be careful before the party is destroyed.”

It was gathered that some leaders of the party were already thinking of having an enlarged meeting where the appointments would be reviewed.

But another senior member of the APC said such a meeting, if it would hold at all, would have to wait until the party holds its Kogi State governorship primary on Saturday.

A member of the state executive of APC in a South-West state, said the appointments were lopsided against the South.

He said, “When President Olusegun Obasanjo took over, you saw balance in appointments as he reflected federal character. President Goodluck Jonathan too reflected a semblance of balance. Buhari is pursuing a northern agenda. This is the same agenda pursued by the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, when everything was pro-North. Buhari made six appointments at a go and five of them are northerners.”

The Speaker of one of the Houses of Assembly in the South-West, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also described the new appointments as shocking.

The Speaker, who is a member of the APC, said, “This is shocking. It doesn’t speak well at all. The South-West has been completely neglected and the South-East too. The South-West was neglected during the President Goodluck Jonathan years. The South-West must rise up against this.”

Similarly, an APC chairman in another South-West state, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said the list of the new appointees had left him perplexed.

The chairman said, “This is not good at all. Why should he choose everybody from the North? I am sure he did not confide in anybody before drawing up the list and making the announcement. We will continue to watch. It is condemnable.”

In the same vein, an APC member of the House of Representatives, said the leaders of the party in the South-West were shocked by Buhari’s latest appointments.

“He didn’t tell anybody. We are all shocked. The real shocker would be when he is going to appoint ministers. The only thing that would save us is that he is mandated constitutionally to choose from all states, otherwise, he would have chosen all the ministers too from the North,” the female member of parliament said.

The new SGF graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1979 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree and worked with the Delta Steel Company, Aladja, Nigerian External Telecommunications Limited and Data Sciences Limited before establishing his own ICT and Telecommunications consulting firm in 1990.

Kyari, the new Chief of Staff to the President, holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick in Law and Sociology.

The new Comptroller-General of Customs, holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Criminology. He was military administrator of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998.



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Posted: at 28-08-2015 06:27 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
- Wysetots at 28-08-2015 06:51 AM (7 years ago)
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Y'all voted for "change", you didn't specify if it's positive change or negative......so make una chill.
Posted: at 28-08-2015 06:51 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- Wysetots at 28-08-2015 06:51 AM (7 years ago)
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Y'all voted for "change", you didn't specify if it's positive change or negative......so make una chill.
Posted: at 28-08-2015 06:51 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- proly at 28-08-2015 07:02 AM (7 years ago)
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Una neva see anytn..hausa hausa is forr people that dnt knw dem too well...they re silent kilers
Posted: at 28-08-2015 07:02 AM (7 years ago) | Hero
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- beneno at 28-08-2015 07:08 AM (7 years ago)
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INTRODUCTION
Posted: at 28-08-2015 07:08 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- OOSSYY at 28-08-2015 07:32 AM (7 years ago)
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BUHARI IS A RACIST, GOD PLS WHEN WILL THIS JUNGLE CALLED NIGERIA WILL DEVIDE
Posted: at 28-08-2015 07:32 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- tmaxdon at 28-08-2015 07:34 AM (7 years ago)
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As far as I'm concerned, I don't care if the people that are ready to serve the Nigerians are all Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba..Prof. Dora Akunyili was detected and recommended by Buhari and we can all agree that she served Nigeria with all honesty.. In all the places I have lived, I haven't heard of such discussion, Nigerian is indeed still far from the reality of what public service is  all about...
Posted: at 28-08-2015 07:34 AM (7 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Blessed75 at 28-08-2015 07:37 AM (7 years ago)
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Buhari tell Goodluck Jonathan that an Attack on Boko Haram is an attack on the North
Posted: at 28-08-2015 07:37 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- winace at 28-08-2015 07:55 AM (7 years ago)
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Cum, why all of them are speaking under d condition of annonymous. Are they scared of their name inprint? Then why did they speak at all. Cawords. Na their way. U guys have not seen anythg yet. U all will kn dat d devil u kn is better than d angel u don't kn. Una never hala. Mctheeeewwwwwwww
Posted: at 28-08-2015 07:55 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- dickman2 at 28-08-2015 07:55 AM (7 years ago)
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una never see nothing yet ooh..
na wonderful man..i hope una dey see the wonders now
buhari na worst thing that happen to the nation..
school he no go ..like me....head he no get ..but i get head
Posted: at 28-08-2015 07:55 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- winace at 28-08-2015 07:57 AM (7 years ago)
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Cum, why all of them are speaking under d condition of annonymous. Are they scared of their name inprint? Then why did they speak at all. Cawords. Na their way. U guys have not seen anythg yet. U all will kn dat d devil u kn is better than d angel u don't kn. Una never hala. Mctheeeewwwwwwww
Posted: at 28-08-2015 07:57 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- sandra78 at 28-08-2015 07:58 AM (7 years ago)
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We have started showing Tinubu and Co Pepe......We will deal with that Crook call Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Posted: at 28-08-2015 07:58 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ignis99 at 28-08-2015 08:15 AM (7 years ago)
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Quote from: Wysetots on 28-08-2015 06:51 AM
Y'all voted for "change", you didn't specify if it's positive change or negative......so make una chill.

Full stop
Posted: at 28-08-2015 08:15 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Camara77 at 28-08-2015 08:25 AM (7 years ago)
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We all wonted change,and change he has started giving us.....Old Man Thinking
Posted: at 28-08-2015 08:25 AM (7 years ago) | Newbie
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- xtokelly at 28-08-2015 08:38 AM (7 years ago)
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In is military regime he probe all the southerners and eastherners but he never probe anybody from the north..that man called baba go slow is a devil..
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- astuk at 28-08-2015 08:40 AM (7 years ago)
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The beginning of charge!!!!
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- gwadagwa at 28-08-2015 08:59 AM (7 years ago)
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:(I saw it afar but some r blind folded with their songs of sorrow that is change change,wht is happening nw just morning! even apc members r cryin then wht of non members 9ja is gone.
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- cmionsisy at 28-08-2015 09:15 AM (7 years ago)
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what will u do when u wake one n baba go slow announced that he doesn't know d meaning of CHANGE
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- gogoman at 28-08-2015 09:17 AM (7 years ago)
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shut up there!!
Posted: at 28-08-2015 09:17 AM (7 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- victorstic1 at 28-08-2015 09:20 AM (7 years ago)
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BUHARI BUHARI BUHARI HOW MANY TIMES DID I CALL U? S START TO MAKE THIS CHANGE AGAIN BEFORE I LOOSE IT
Posted: at 28-08-2015 09:20 AM (7 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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