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Ministerial Portfolios: How Presidency Lied, By PDP

Posted: Nov 5, 2015 at 2:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Temidayo Akinsuyi, Lagos

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has bemoaned the confusion in the Presidency especially between President Muhammadu Buhari and his spokespersons over certain issues of national importance.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary party, Chief Olisa Metuh, told Daily Independent that the Presidency had been lying in recent times.

According to him, Nigerians would soon know who is lying between President Buhari and his media aide, Garba Shehu, over who gets what when the newly appointed ministers are sworn-in.

It would be recalled that Buhari said that not all the 36 ministers would get portfolios but would only sit in cabinet to meet the constitutional provisions which stipulate that each state of the federation must have a minister in the cabinet.

However, Buhari’s position was countered by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who said that the president will assign portfolios to all the 36 ministers.

On the confusion the two contradicting statements has generated, Metuh urged Nigerians to be patient and wait for the president to swear in the ministers. This, according to him, will afford Nigerians the opportunity of knowing the liar between the president and his media aide.

“Let us wait for the president to inaugurate the cabinet. Then we will know who is actually lying and who is saying the truth. There are so many lies from the Presidency nowadays and we don’t know who to believe again”.

“But I urge Nigerians to be patient. We shall soon know the truth in the coming days and we the PDP will make our position known,” he said.

Efforts to reach Garba Shehu proved abortive as several calls made to his lines were not answered.

In his reaction, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, declined to comment on the issue, saying, since the statement was made by Garba, it will be inappropriate for him to speak on it.