Closer perusing of the recently released list of appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari into the boards of some government agencies and parastatals has shown that six persons, and not just three as earlier reported in some media, found their names into the list. He died in November but was listed by President Buhari as one of the members of the Consumer Protection Council. "We congratulate our members for the honour done them and we believe that they will demonstrate the grit needed to showcase Ekiti State as a symbol of excellence in their various assignments".
The list was made up of 209 Chairmen and 1,258 members. "We urge the President to consider Ekiti State for more appointments and more employment-generating projects", Olatunbosun said.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reacting to the dead appointees brouhaha, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government is confused.
Okpozo died in December 2016 and was granted the honour of a public condolence statement by President Buhari who however appeared to appoint him to chair the board of the National Press Council (NPC) in December 2017.
However in its defence, the presidency, through its spokesman, said the list was compiled in 2015 but was not release because the president was away on medical leave.
The Nigerian presidency has ruled out sanctions against any of the officials working with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) for the embarrassment caused the government and the nation by an appointment list containing names of deceased persons. "They were asked to go and review the list", he explained.
Shehu however assured Nigerians that nominees who were confirmed dead would be replaced.
Daily Trust on Sunday had reported that the refusal of many states, especially those controlled by the APC, to forward their nominations was partly responsible for the delay in the inauguration of the boards. "I can tell you that numerous initial names were also the same names forwarded by the governors except in few cases".