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Rep-elect criticizes Buhari’s last-minute appointments, calls for probe

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Chief Philip Agbese, a member-elect of the House of Representatives, has expressed strong disapproval of President Muhammadu Buhari’s last-minute appointments. In a press statement in Abuja, the All Progressives Congress stalwart urged the incoming administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to investigate the flawed processes behind these appointments. Despite having only a few days left in his tenure, President Buhari made at least 10 new appointments last week, including the immediate resumption of the North East Development Commission’s (NEDC) board without Senate confirmation. Agbese argued that these appointments should have been left for the incoming administration to handle, as their rushed nature could potentially lead to corruption and misappropriation of public funds. He further claimed that President Buhari’s actions were creating additional challenges for his successor, compounding the issues arising from previous hasty appointments.

Agbese voiced his concerns regarding the recent spree of appointments made by President Buhari. He noted that over 20 new appointments had been made since Bola Tinubu was declared President-Elect. Agbese specifically highlighted the confirmation of Toyin Madein as the Accountant General of the Federation just days before the end of the administration. He questioned the motive behind such a hasty decision and raised suspicions about potential hidden agendas. Referring to the constitutional powers vested in the president to appoint and dismiss public officers, Agbese admitted that these powers exist but emphasized the need for appointments to be made in a transparent and non-controversial manner. He pointed out that the confirmation process for the Accountant General of the Federation lacked adherence to proper rules and ignored numerous petitions against the process. Agbese further criticized the president for undermining the powers of the legislature and repeatedly abusing the judiciary, citing the case of the NEDC board resuming work without Senate confirmation.

 Chief Agbese called on the incoming administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to launch a thorough investigation into the flawed appointment processes. He stressed the importance of ensuring transparency, accountability, and adherence to due process in making key appointments. Agbese expressed concern that the rushed appointments could create divisions within the civil service and facilitate corruption. By bringing attention to the questionable nature of these appointments, he sought to raise awareness about potential risks to public funds and the stability of government institutions. Agbese concluded by urging the incoming administration to rectify these issues and prioritize a transparent and accountable governance structure.

Chief Philip Agbese strongly criticized President Buhari’s last-minute appointments, urging the incoming administration to investigate these flawed processes. He expressed concerns about the potential negative impacts of rushed appointments, including corruption and damage to government institutions. Agbese emphasized the importance of transparency, accountability, and adherence to due process in making key appointments. By calling for a probe into these actions, he sought to ensure that the incoming administration under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu prioritizes good governance and rectifies any irregularities.

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