Buhari did not appoint any dead man from Ebonyi, declares APC – By Reginald Okoro


The Ebonyi chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared the air on the alleged appointment of a ‘dead’ man from Ebonyi as member of the Federal Character Commission (FCC).
The party made the clarification in press briefing it issued on Wednesday in Abakaliki through Mr Eze Nwachukwu, the state chairman.
A section of the media had reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed the late Chief Tobias Okwuru into the FCC even when it was clear that he died early in this year.
However, the party in a reaction said that Chief Tobias Okwuru was hale and hearty at the time he was nominated for the position by Mr President.
Mwachukwu said that the nominee unfortunately passed on in February between the period he was awaiting to be screened and confirmed by the Senate.
Nwachukwu who urged the Nigerian public to discountenance the said publication said that the APC in Ebonyi would take and accept full responsibility of the blame.
“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 inbetween 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 were 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 officially made 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.
“It is the fault of the party in Ebonyi for not informing relevant authorities on the death and we accept full responsibility whole-heartedly even though it was not intentional or deliberate but rather caused by what I have enumerated above.
“We want to put it clear that that Mr President has not appointed any ‘dead man’ from Ebonyi,” Nwachukwu said.
Okwuru who represented Ezza South/ Ikwo constituency in the House of Representatives also served as Chief Whip in the Ebonyi House of Assembly on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
He later joined the Labour Party on 2015 before he moved to the APC where he played active role and became one of the financiers of the party in the state.


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