Top leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are reportedly upset over President Muhammadu Buhari's refusal to name his cabinet after spending over a month in power.
Some APC leaders, who spoke to Thisday on the issue, opined that Buhari's delay in constituting a cabinet may affect the current administration negatively.
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The leaders who spoke on the condition of anonymity, viewed Buhari’s decision to delay the cabinet as a ploy by a “man who intends to shut out all the people who helped him win the election.”
One of them said, “We are beginning to believe that the suspense by Mr. President is deliberate. He is exploiting the delay to scare away people like us who helped him get to the top.
“Attempting to visit Mr. President when he was in the Defence House used to be a nightmare. With his movement into the State House, it has become almost impossible to see him. Tell me, how do you know what a man is thinking when you can’t see him?” he asked rhetorically.
Sources close to the former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, also said the delayed appointments is also a ploy by some people to create a problem between their leader and the president.
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“These days, you hardly see national leader (Tinubu) talking excitedly about the party or the government, apparently because he has been shut out and doesn’t know what is happening.
“The story is the same with former governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi. The situation is not helped by the pressure from their political foot soldiers seeking financial rehabilitation after being in the opposition for several years,” offered another source.
Some of the leaders are also worried about the president's decision to rely on the Head of Service of the Federation, Danladi Kifasi, and the permanent secretaries to drive his administration’s policies.
They are also concerned that the delayed appointments may discourage potential foreign investors as Buhari administration do not yet have a clear economic direction.
“As things are, Nigeria appears to be in transition. The appointment of ministers and advisers will give the world an idea of the policy and economic direction of the administration. Without the appointments, no investor worth his salt will invest a dime. This is the simple truth,” another leader of the party said.
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Meanwhile, leaders of APC have concluded plans to inaugurate a committee with the aim of solving the recent crisis in the National Assembly.