Traps are being set for president-elect, Muhammudu Buhari by the out-going President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan by embarking on unnecessary last-minute appointments and sacks of heads of strategic government parastatals, the All Progressive Party has said.
According to the Daily Post Chairman of the APC in Rivers State on behalf of the party's state chapter in a statement said: “We are appalled and disappointed by this gale of appointments, sacks and replacements by a go-slow President who was hitherto known for his inability to remove erring public officers and to replace ministers and heads of government agencies who either retired or resigned their appointments.
"The last-minute rush by President Jonathan to remove and replace heads of strategic government departments and agencies is therefore nothing but an attempt to set traps for the incoming Buhari Administration in the hope that reviewing these illegal actions would result in the loss of goodwill by the successor-administration.”
The party also alleged that the sacking was distracting the incoming administration of Buhari: “To us this rash of sacks and appointments apart from unnecessarily over-heating the polity is also distracting the incoming administration. We wonder why all these late sackings and appointments at the twilight of this administration that has caused our nation a lot of hardship which will take the administration of General Buhari much time and efforts to mitigate.”
Rivers APC advised the incoming administration “to reverse some of these vindictive sacks and unwarranted appointments aimed at planting mediocres that will undermine the lofty ideas of APC and present APC in bad light for the 2019 general elections. We should not accept this in the interest of both our great party and future of our dear nation.”
The party counseled President Jonathan to concern himself with his handover notes and smooth transfer of power to the incoming administration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari and refrain from further acts of illegality.
The party also commended the party’s National Leadership for acting in a timely manner to stop the influx of PDP members into APC.
“This principled stand by the APC National Leadership will go a long way to strengthen our democracy as PDP members now have no other option than to remain in their party and form a strong opposition that will keep us on our toes. It will also go a long way to make our politicians to believe in their political parties and their ideologies instead of jumping ship at the earliest opportunity.
“PDP has for the past 16 years ruined our nation. To allow such mischievous, greedy, and unprincipled politicians to have any foothold in our great party will result in avoidable contamination. PDP members should, therefore, stay back in their party and allow us to see how quickly we can clear the mess they created in their 16 years in power,” the statement continues on Daily Post
Since Buhari has been declared winner of the 2015 presidential elections, President Jonathan has gone on a sacking and appointment spree.
The outgoing president sacked inspector-general of Police, Sulieman Abba and appointed in his place Solomon Arase. Jonathan also sacked the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Mr. Abdullahi and has approved the appointment of Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero.
Jonathan has also sacked Gbenga Elegbeleye, the director general of the National Sports Commission (NSC). The president meanwhile appointed close ally, Peter Obi as the new Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.