The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reiterated that they are yet to receive any form of guide from the present government as to the internal workings of the government. According to the Director of media and publicity of the APC Presidential campaign organisation, Garba Shehu, ‘we say with all sense of responsibility that as of today May 14, 2015, just about two weeks to the May 29 handover date, no shred of information as to the status of governance from any ministry, department or agency of government has been given to our transition committee.
‘If that qualifies in Metuh’s lexicon as cooperation, then there is a problem somewhere. We dare Metuh or anyone for that matter, to controvert the fact that not a line of handover note has been handed over to our transition committee.
According to Shehu , ‘Metuh decided to put his foot in his mouth when he latched on to the statement made by our transition committee chairman, forgetting that in making his statement, the chairman was only advising him against anything that would put the federal government in a bad light. A discerning party spokesman, rather than a rabble rousing one would have understood the elder statesman stand for what it is instead of using it as a peg to issue a needless hollow statement that puts his party and government in a bad light.
It further said that ‘what happened was that following the request by our transition committee to meet with them, they invited us to what was the first formal meeting between both transition committees. But the meeting was a mere photo op as it yielded nothing concrete as far as handover notes are concerned. In fact what we met at the so called meeting was far worse than what we had thought. Whereas we had hoped to get their handover notes on May 14th (the date they had indicated to us informally), they told us point blank that the notes won’t be ready until May 24th.
‘Because the date falls on a Sunday that means we won’t be getting the handover notes until May 25th just four days before the May 29th handover date. How do they honestly expect us to peruse thousands of pages of handover notes, ask pertinent questions and seek necessary clarifications within four days? Because we want a smooth transition, we asked if we could meet with some of the Ministers pending the release of the handover notes but they said no.
When one of their members even suggested that the whole process be fast tracked, they did not budge. Despite this set back, we decided not to put the whole issue in the public domain until the babbling Metuh decided to look for trouble, describing the deliberate stonewalling by the Jonathan Administration as cooperation.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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