Friday, 15 May 2015

Unto May 29: GMB Yet To Recieve Handover Notes Two Weeks To Go – APC

The incoming administration of General
Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) has again raised alarm that it is yet to receive
handover notes two weeks before MAY 29 handover.
APC cried out that the Jonathan administration is
not cooperating with the its transition committee.
In a statement, Lai Mohammed, National Publicity
Secretary said, “We say, with all sense of responsibility,
that as of today, May 14th 2015, just about two weeks to
the May 29th handover date, no shred of information as to
the status of governance from any ministry, department or
agency of government has been given to our transition
“If that qualifies, in Metuh’s lexicon, as cooperation, then
there is a problem somewhere. We dare Metuh or anyone
for that matter, to controvert the fact that not a line of
handover note has been handed over to our transition
committee. Until then, Metuh has egg on his face.”
The APC restated its earlier advice to Metuh to urgently
undertake a crash course on how to be an opposition party
spokesman so he would not talk or write himself into
avoidable trouble in the days ahead. The party admonished
the PDP spokesman to always cross-check the information
available to him in order to separate rumours from facts,
saying had he done that, he would not have issued the
statement in which he tried to cast aspersion on the APC by
accusing it of ”fabricating lies” over the issue of the
Jonathan administration’s non-cooperation with the APC
transition committee.
“Metuh decided to put his foot in his mouth when he
latched on to the statement made by our transition
committee chairman, forgetting that in making his
statement, the chairman was only acting the statesman
that he is by not saying anything that will put the federal
government in bad light,” it said.
“A discerning party spokesman, rather than a rabble-
rousing one, would have understood the elder statesman’s
stand for what it is instead of using it as a peg to issue a
needless, hollow statement that puts his party and
government in bad light. We had decided to allow sleeping
dogs to lie, but now that Metuh has stirred the hornet’s
nest, it is time to put out the facts for Nigerians to judge.
“What happened was that, following the request by our
transition committee to meet with them, they invited us to
what was the first formal meeting between both transition
committees. But the meeting was a mere photo-op, as it
yielded nothing concrete as far as handover notes are
concerned. “In fact, what we met at the so-called meeting
was far worse than what we had thought. Whereas we had
hoped to get their handover notes on May 14th (the date
they had indicated to us informally), they told us point
blank that the notes won’t be ready until May 24th.
Because this date falls on a Sunday, that means we won’t
be getting the handover notes until May 25th, just four days
before the May 29th handover date.
“How do they honestly expect us to peruse thousands of
pages of handover notes, ask pertinent questions and seek
necessary clarifications within four days? Because we want
a smooth transition, we asked if we could meet with some
of the ministers, pending the release of the handover notes,
but they said no. When one of their members even
suggested that the whole process be fast-tracked, they did
not budge.
“Despite this setback, we decided not to put the whole
issue in the public domain, until the babbling Metuh
decided to look for trouble, describing the deliberate
stonewalling by the Jonathan administration as


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