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President Jonathan disgrace ICPC Chairman Nominee and his wife

President Goodluck Jonathan refused to administer the oath of Office to the nominated Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) chairman, Mr. Francis Ugochukwu Elechi. He was stopped at the gate of the Aso rock Presidential Villa while trying to attend the planned swearing in ceremony.
Presidential villa Security personnel told Elechi, a Rivers State nominee, to return to his hotel and await further instructions, but other board member nominees were inaugurated by President Jonathan.
President Jonathan addressed why he halted the inauguration of Mr. Elechi, the President stated, “The chairman couldn’t follow the oath taking this morning, because from about Wednesday last week, I started receiving disturbing calls and reports and a body like the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the ICPC and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the President should be very careful about the opinion of people. A minister can come in and go the next day, but you cannot gamble with the INEC, EFCC and ICPC and that is why when we were to inaugurate the board of INEC the same thing happened, there were protests that there were some PDP members. To make sure that people had a proper perception of INEC and to make sure that the perception is correct, we dropped those people. I’m not saying we are going to drop the chairman, but we are going to look into the reports we have and reconfirm. But we will not do anything that will bring any stain to any of these bodies no matter how painful it may be to anybody.
So, the chairman is not taking his oath of office today. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) will formally write a letter, but Mr Nta Ekpo will act until we sort out the issue of the chairman. He will get a letter from the Secretary of the Government once we leave here. The moment you travel out of this country, they will be beaming the searchlight on you. That is the cross all of us have to carry until we leave the board. I remember after the elections when I travelled out, some of the world leaders who chatted with me said, ‘Jonathan, we are very happy with the elections you conducted in Nigeria, but the remaining thing is corruption’. Yes, we have done well in elections and until the monster called corruption is dealt with in this country, we will still not get our appropriate place in the comity of nations.”
Mr. Elechi and his well-dressed wife arrived at the gate of the Presidential Villa at about 10.30am on tuesday (he arrived before the scheduled time of the inauguration) but he was asked to go back to his hotel and await further instruction by 2pm, tuesday.
As at 5.30pm on tuesday, Mr. Elechi was still awaiting a directive from the Federal Government.
A source stated, “bemused chairman that he could not enter the Villa. Attempts to know the reasons for the turn of events after the chairman has been cleared by the Senate fell on deaf ears. I think Elechi and his family deserve the courtesy of knowing before hand that he will not be inaugurated. Neither him nor his state government was informed of this twist.”
A Presidency source stated, “Elechi, who is from Rivers State, may be dropped following security reports. There were security reports that made the President to shelve plans to administer the oath of office on the new ICPC chairman.”
Investigation hint that Elechi might have been dropped following a sour relationship between the President and Amaechi over the management of the screening and disqualification process of the Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipreye Sylva, by Nigeria’s ruling party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Another source stated, “I think the ICPC chairman is a victim of the cold war between the two leaders over the situation in Bayelsa. This is a man who has been in private practice for over 23 years. He has never occupied any public office. So, what manner of security report would have informed this kind of humiliation? Amaechi does not pretend over his backing for Sylva in line with the agreement reached with the President. Being a nominee of the state, the President chose the auspicious time to send a message to Amaechi that he is in control.” What are you thinking?

2 Responses to “President Jonathan disgrace ICPC Chairman Nominee and his wife”

  1. Its unfair 4 mr president 2 humiliate dat man, they shud hav pre informed him not to come at all.

  2. I support the President in this instance. The only problem is that this should have surfaced and dealt with before it reached this stage.

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