All the President-Elect’s ‘Men’

Oyegun, David-West, Onu Make Buhari’s Transition Team


National Chairman of the party, John Odigie- Oyegun, former Minister of Petroleum, Tam David- West , Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and former governor of  Abia State, Ogbonnaya Onu, are among  the 19-member Transition Committee inaugurated by  the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday in Abuja.

buhari's-menOther members of the committee include Ahmed Joda ( Chairman),  Doyin Salami (Vice-Chairman), Boss Mustapha,  Adamu Adamu (Secretary) Muhammad Hayatuddin, Abubakar Malami SAN, Lawal Jafaru Isa, Hadi Sirika Audu Ogbeh and Barrister Dalong, Bola Adesola,  Wale Edun, Nike Aboderin, Festus Odimegwu  and APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

In a statement, the APC said the Committee would liaise with its Federal Government counterpart to ensure a smooth transition. It is also expected to develop a clear framework for liaison with the out-going administration for purposes of a smooth hand-over/take-over and to receive hand-over documents from Ministries, Departments and Agencies and itemise the most important or most urgent issues confronting the in-coming government.

The committee is also expected to undertake a preliminary assessment of the security challenges facing the country and the counter-insurgency measures taken by the government thus far; the counter policy measures being implemented in the Niger Delta to deal with unrest and major economic crimes in the area. In particular, the status of the Amnesty Programme, the readiness of the Police and other national security and intelligence agencies in addressing threats to law and order and provide a brief over-view of CBN, NNPC, NCC, Customs and FIRS.

Other terms of reference of the committee include to suggest “quick fixes” which will result in tangible, visible and practical measures so that CHANGE will be seen after 30 days, after 100 days, after 6 months of the Administration taking office, and to make any other observations which in view of the Committee would be helpful to the transition and take-off of the new Administration. The committee has two weeks to conclude its work

Speaking at the inauguration in Abuja on Wednesday, the President-elect charged the committee to ‘’assess the information provided to you and advise me on its quality and accuracy. It is a simple matter that you must have the right information if you are to shape appropriate policy decisions.

‘’Needless to repeat, that your Committee – and indeed our Government – are not on a witch-hunt or engaged in fault-finding. We want the facts and nothing but the facts. What has been done cannot be undone. Our job is to learn from the mistakes of the past and attempt to avoid similar.’’

Buhari hailed the calibre of the committee’s membership, saying they represent some of the best Nigeria can offer. He described the committee chairman, Malam Ahmed Joda, as one of the few surviving links between First Republic civil service to the present day, a man whose versatility includes farming, industry and 21st Century IT and one of Nigerian’s precious assets.

Some Nigerians have since reacted to the names of the Nigerians on the committee.

In his reaction, a member of the House of Representatives, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke, said that the President-elect and the APC have the prerogative to choose whoever they want to be members of the body.

According to him, all the members are of impeccable character, adding that he has no doubt that they would deliver on their assignment.

Also, the Chairman of the Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, in his reaction said that he is not a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and, therefore, cannot say what criteria were used in arriving at the committee membership.

He said, however, that Buhari and the APC have reason for picking those they appointed to the committee and that Nigerians are waiting to see what they will comes up with.

National President, Aka Ikenga, an Igbo professional organization, Bar. Goddy Uwazuruike has described the choice of APC Transitional committee members as a right choice for the job. Uwazuruike commended the party for painstaking job of choosing the caliber of people for the job. “I believe the party has made a right choice particularly Ahmed Joda who as a retired permanent secretary will bring a lot of experience to bear on the commission,” he said.

Similarly, the leader of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), engr. Campbell umehnzekwe, stated that the decision of the president elect to appoint people in their advance age could be because he want people that has both political, economic and social knowledge of the country in addition that to the reason that they are not that will be jostling for political appointments.

He further described those that made the list as men of integrity. “APC and Buhari have made us to believe by the choice of committee members that those who have no pedigree have no business in the incoming administration,” he said.  According to Umehnzekwe the members are those who have made marks in their choosing careers that do not want to use the opportunity to lobby for political positions.

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