By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.
National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, alleged today that the sack of 26 heads of federal government agencies yesterday by President Muhammadu Buhari was on account of sabotage.
Oyegun made the assertion when he led members of the national executive of the party on a visit to the President in his office at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
President Buhari had on yesterday relieved the heads of NTA, PTDF, FMBN, NRC, PPPRA, NAFDAC among several others of their responsibilities and directed them to hand over to the most senior official in their respective agencies.
Fielding questions from State House correspondents, the APC boss stated that the agitation by members of the ruling party for their removal was not necessarily to succeed them but to stem the tide of what he described as ‘internal sabotage’ that was allegedly going on in the respective agencies.
He said: “APC members were not concerned about the positions, we are concerned about the internal sabotage that is going on in a lot of the PDP filled positions which are critical to our national growth and development.
“It is happening in INEC, it is happening in a lot of other institutions and that is what the concern of the party is, not necessarily taking over; we should take over and they should be people who believe in the change agenda, we have no apologies for that at all, that is it.”
On the confusion trailing the 2016 budget, Oyegun attributed it to the complexities arising from the adjustment of ministries from over 40 in the past administration to a little above 20 in the current dispensation.
“There is absolutely no confusion. This is a serious issue. I want you to please understand the complications that come from adjusting a structure from over 40 ministries to just over 20 ministries and the necessary adjustments of figures and movements of institutions that that entails.
It was very complicated, so it is natural that adjustments have to be made to the process and that is just what is happening,” the APC boss noted.
Speaking further, he said they were at the Presidential Villa for consultation and to raise some issues on internal party matters with President Buhari.
Coming barely 24 hours after the termination of the appointments of the agency heads, it is being speculated that the visit may not be unconnected to the scheming by the party on their replacements.
By; Sunday Ode, Abuja.