The Presidency has revealed that there are more appointees in Buhari’s administration from Imo State.Other States it listed include Ogun and Kano States. The claim came as the Presidency denied a newspaper report that majority of President Buhari’s appointees were from his native northern region.
It would be recalled that Business Day had reported that 81 of the President’s 100 political appointees are northerners.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina described the report as misleading.
He said “To claim, suggest or attempt to insinuate that the President’s appointments are tilted in favour of a section of the country is simply untrue and certainly uncharitable”
Mr. Adesina also unveiled a graphical illustration of different states and the number of top appointees from the respective states.
The graph shows that Ogun state has the highest number of appointments with 21, followed by Imo and Kano states with 15 each, and Edo and the president’s home state of Katsina with 14 each.
The Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has no appointee — the worst case; while Ebonyi and Abia have two each, Kebbi has three, while Zamfara, Sokoto, Oyo, Enugu, Ekiti and Akwa Ibom have four each.
Mr. Adesina faulted the newspaper report, saying at least 50 appointees who are not from the north had been left out.
“From all records, majority of the President’s appointees across different portfolios are not from the North, as the publication erroneously alleged,” he said.