There are discordant tunes within the ranks of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the list of non-career ambassadors sent to the National Assembly on Thursday. While some stakeholders lament “smuggling” of outsiders to pick the plump jobs, some of those who made the list are said to be unexcited over political implications of such postings.
Politicians in many states such as Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Abia, Gombe, Katsina and Kwara, among others, were said to be piqued by the names submitted as representatives of their states, as against personalities who had helped the party to power during the 2015 elections.
However, some active politicians who have been expectant of political appointments were said to be disappointed for being included in the ambassadorial list as they see that as inimical to their political aspirations.
Two of the named ambassadors-designate, Dr. Usman Bugaje (Katsina) and Mrs. Pauline Tallen (Plateau), have so far declined the appointments, as some active politicians on the list are said to be likely to opt out of the job.
Ambassadorial duties require one to relocate to the country of posting and take full charge of economic, political and social ties between Nigeria and the other country.
While one of the two ambassadorial nominees from Plateau state, Mrs. Tallen, made public her intention to refuse the post, another nominee, Dr. Bugaje, was said to be prevailed upon by top government officials from addressing a press conference to decline the post, hours after the announcement on Thursday.
As for Bugaje, an associate told Blueprint that it took the intervention of the minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu and the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, (retd) to prevail on him from addressing a press conference on his nomination.
Bugaje, who was said to have learnt about his nomination only after the announcement, had invited some pressmen to announce his declining of the offer when his associates in the government hinted his two friends, who stormed the office to avert the press briefing.
The former national secretary of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) was said to be incensed by lack of consultation prior to the appointment.
When the press conference was halted, Bugaje then put a call through the Chief of Staff to the president, Malam Abba Kyari to give the Villa the piece of his mind and announced his refusal.
Efforts to reach Bugaje yesterday proved abortive as he did not answer repeated calls from our correspondent. He also did not reply a text message sent to him as at the time of going to press.
(Culled from Blueprint)