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Buhari May Revoke Contracts, Approvals By Jonathan

Posted: May 23, 2015 at 8:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ifeoma Ononye, Lagos


There is palpable apprehension in government circles that the in-coming administration of General Muhammadu Buahari plans to revoke all contracts and approvals made by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration from February 1, 2015 to date.

Dependable sources from the All Progressives Congress (APC) told Saturday Independent that the incoming administration plans to revoke the contracts and approvals on the perceived notion that they were hurriedly awarded to the cronies of the out-going President Goodluck Jonathan and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members; and to ascertain the beneficiaries.

The thinking of the incoming government, the source said is that the contracts were awarded at inflated quotations to cronies of President Goodluck Jonathan who hurriedly gave approvals to them to legitimise them. This apprehension has also resonated at the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), where it is alleged that bureaucrats have resolved to thread consciously.

The sources informed that apart from the President’s cronies, the incoming Buhari’s administration believes that the contracts were awarded to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) big wigs who will use monies realised from the contract to re-engineer and refocus the party to become a strong opposition party to the APC as was the case of the APC to the out-going administration, a move the APC is vehemently opposed to.

Also expected to face the hammer of the in-coming APC Federal Government are juicy Federal Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), which the government intend to freeze their accounts immediately on assumption of office for fears that they may be conduit pipes by the out-going administration to siphon money.

“In some cases, Chief Executive Officers of these government agencies would be booted out of office in the first week of the new administration on perceived notion that they hobnobbed with the out-going administration and some cases bankrolled its campaigns. Expect a lot of surprises in the first week of the new administration,” the sources confided.

There is now a general disquiet in government circles that should the new government go ahead with the plan, it would stifle government operations and further worsen the citizens’ woes that have been contending with no payment of salaries, fuel scarcity and epileptic power supply.

Reacting to the planned action of the in-coming government, the Coalition for Good Governance – Citizens’ Alert warned that the action was not in the best interest of the citizens.

It’s Chairman, Barrister Tanko Dantsofo, advised the Buhari administration not to take actions that would further deepen the woes of the ordinary citizens, but to quickly evolve ways to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians in line with the touted Change Slogan of the APC.