APC Agrees Buhari Appointed a Dead Man, Gives Reason for the Error
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has agreed that President Muhammadu Buhari made a mistake in appointing a dead Ebonyi man into the board of the Federal Character Commission.
Switch Nigeria had reported that Tobias Chukwuemeka Okwuru, a former Lawmaker from Ebonyi State was amongst the 38 names the president sent to the Senate for approval, which was also read at the floor of the house by senate president Ahmed Lawal at Tuesday’s plenary.
Reacting to the situation, the APC Ebonyi State Chairman, Mr Eze Nwachukwu, in a press briefing, explained that Chief Tobias Okwuru was alive and well at the time he was nominated for the position by Mr President.
According to him, the deceased passed on in February while waiting to be screened and confirmed.
“Okwuru was nominated ‘a living man’ in January, healthy, hearty for the position and he updated and submitted all his necessary curriculum vitae by himself.
“What happened is that in-between his nomination and letter conveying his nomination to the Senate, Okwuru painfully and sadly answered the ultimate call.
“We accept responsibility and take the blame because as a party we are supposed to have written the national leadership of our party and the Presidency informing them on the demise of Chief Okwuru as a ranking party member.
“But unfortunately, the family has not made the death official and has not commenced burial arrangements before the Coronavirus pandemic that led to lockdown, ban on burial and other social gatherings.
“So, it is the responsibility of the party to put the record straight and that is why we are using this medium to correct the erroneous impression.
“It is not the fault of Mr President and the Presidency that Okwuru’s name later appeared in the nominees’ list,” NAN quoted him as saying.