Joda denies delaying political appointments

Mallam Ahmed Joda

Mallam Ahmed Joda

The Chairman of the Transition Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Joda on Friday debunked the report that delay in submitting his committee’s report was talling political appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He spoke with journalists after presenting the over 800 pages report to Buhari at the Defence House, Abuja.

According to him, political appointments are entirely at the prerogative of the President.

He said that his committee’s report came late because the committee received 18,000 pages of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s handover note on the 25th of May, few days to the handover date.

His words: “One of the terms of references for our committee is to receive the handover note of President Jonathan and this we did not receive until about weeks after our inauguration. We received the handover note on the 25th of May and that report was about 18,000 pages and it took time to even sort them out and to make sense from them, read them, analyze them and come up with recommendations.

“Political appointments are entirely at the prerogative of the President. He will go through our report and understand our recommendation. I think he deserves a little bit more time.

“This is not an ordinary transfer of government from one President to the other, in this country we have never witnessed this kind of transition from one political party to another, the political party in opposition won the election.

“Previous transition from one president to the other did not require long process like this. I think this is part of the evolution of democracy. The country has to be a little bit more patient, it cannot be with immediate effect,” he added

Continuing, he said: “For about five weeks, we went through memorandum, listening to presentations from all over this country. Today we submitted about 800 pages of the report to Mr President, it is now his property and I believe in due course he will begin to act on it.”

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