The chairman of the transition committee of President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Ahmed Joda has revealed that he has been under pressure from politicians and contractors who are seeking appointments and business favours from the present administration.
Joda, who led Buhari’s 19-member transition committee, speaking to Daily Trust in Kaduna yesterday, said people had been disturbing him ever since.
He said the committee was approached by many politicians and contractors as well as interest groups lobbying for appointments, contracts or other special favours.
Joda said, “there were several of people coming to us. People who wanted contracts, or special favours and they came to me day and night. And I said to them these are my terms of reference. They don’t contain issues like award of contracts or recovery of bad debts from governments or employment of any group of people or individuals. These are not part of our terms of reference.”
He explained further: “I think it was deliberately made not to be part of our terms of reference but we continue to receive them. But the fact is that I cannot appoint a minister, board chairman or whatever. But they said look you have influence on General Buhari and I said no I don’t have. And even if I had, I don’t think he would respect me if I all I do for him is to carry files of papers and meet him and say employ this man, that woman and these people.
“But people keep on telephoning me. One person telephoned me and said he wanted to vie for a position of minister of sports, and I said to him that I don’t know the address at which to send it (the appointment letter). That is all,” he said.
“People keep on telephoning me lobbying for one appointments or the other. People approached me in Abuja, Kaduna and Yola. I received dozens of resumes everyday, some even send them through e-mail. But the truth is that I don’t influence anything. I can’t do anything for anybody,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, reports surfaced in the media about three weeks ago that President Buhari turned down requests from governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who wanted to influence the ministerial list of his government.
In a related development, another report in the Guardian newspaper claims that the president will probably stick to just 19 ministers in its cabinet.
Meanwhile, Buhari has told ministers under the Jonathan administration that his government will uncover whatever they were hiding from his transition committee when he assumes office.