BOLA AHMED TINUBU -- APC Chieftain [Left] And JOHN ODIGIE OYEGUN [Right] -- National Chairman, APC: Is the center still holding?

John Odigie-Oyegun, National Chairman, Nigeria’s ruling All Progressive Congress, APC party,  admitted publicly, Saturday, in Abuja, that the party’s leadership was not involved in the final list of Board appointments of federal agencies and corporations, released by the presidency, that included about eight dead persons. This has shown that the exercise was beyond human errors or mistakes as claimed.

Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in defence of the list sees the content that included dead persons as human error.  He explained that President Muhammadu Buhari requested 50 names each from the States chapters of APC for consideration for Board appointments in 2015, and a lot has changed since then.

Oyegun said the embarrassment caused the nation and the party by the inclusion of dead persons in the presidential list of Board appointments would have been avoided if the party was involved in the final compilation of the list. His words: “It is pretty obvious that the party was not involved in the final stages of the compilation of that list”.

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI — Released list of Board Members of Federal Agencies and Corporations with dead persons included.

Oyegun said: “Yes, we sent names at the initial stage and I am talking of a period of two years ago, we demanded for every state to make 50 nominations which were sent to the committee in charge of the list for the purpose. They completed the initial exercise but since then, a lot has happened”.

He said “People have changed parties, people had died, we have three new governors that were not there when the list was compiled’’, and it was necessary for the party’s leadership to be involved in final outcome of the exercise.  “But we are not fortunate to participate on that final stage otherwise such would not have occurred”, he added.

In further uncertain or cautious optimism, Oyegun said: “It is my sincere hope that we will be fully involved in the review that has to now take place and any other exercise, moving forward from this date’’.  Oyegun’s cautious words about the likely involvement of the party in further review of the Board appointments list clearly indicate that all have not been well; and still, not well, with the ruling APC government in governance in Nigeria.

Leadership in governance in Nigeria emerges on the platform of political party. The country’s constitution does not operate independent candidacy to contest elections.  Buhari emerged president of Nigeria on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC, at the 2015 general elections.  If there was no APC, then there would be no Buhari as the president of Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari [left] John Odigie-Oyegun — Nagional Chairman, APC [Right]: Are these chieftains working together?

John Odigie-Oyegun, flanked by members of the National Executive Council, NEC of APC on Saturday, and publicly exonerating the party from President Buhari’s list of appointed Board members, shows, a government, still, in rudderless state, or a government, under a helmless leadership.

Beyond the complicity or duplicity in President Buhari’s list of Board appointments, Oyegun needs to realize that there are other questions about some of the appointees. Are some of the appointed Board Chairmen and members of certain agencies and corporations, the right persons for those positions?  Can these men rightfully contribute to policies in these agencies and corporations that can drive the economy of the country on the right path?

Federal agencies and corporations contribute to growth in the national economy if driven by right policies and good corporate governance. For about three years of Buhari’s government, federal agencies and corporations have functioned without Boards.  With dead or incompetent persons – strange bedfellows – with no clear cut economic ideology that could transform the economy in these agencies and corporations, the national economy may continue to take a back stage.

At the moment, Nigerians and the governments at all levels should be concerned that despite the claimed exist of Nigeria from economic recession, the present government is faraway from meeting the aspirations of the people it promised to “change” their fortunes during its electioneering campaign.