By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA—GOVERNORS on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to reflect geographical spread in his appointments, even as they dismissed calls on the party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to resign.
The governors, who met the President in his office yesterday, on behalf of their party, took responsibility for the economy, even as they expressed confidence in the management of the economy.
Upon their complaints that nominations into federal appointments violated the principle of state character, the governors said the President had asked them to make a formal complaint on the issue.
The meeting came on the heels of the release of nominations for non-career ambassadorial positions in which a former deputy governor, Mrs. Paullen Tallen rejected her nomination, citing the illness of her husband and the disproportion it would create in the state, being from the same local government area as the governor.
Besides Plateau, there have also been mutterings in other states, including Edo, where stakeholders have lamented the non-application of the principle of state character in appointments.
Governor Solomon Lalong of Plateau State, who spoke to State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, commended Mrs. Tallen’s decision, saying a little consultation with the governors would have saved the effort.
He said: “Pauline is an astute politician from my state, and part of the issue we also raised was on some of the appointments that were made.
‘’So all the states that had complaints are going to put it in writing and the president promised to look into it.”
Speaking on Tallen’s rejection of the nomination, he said: “Well, it is not only about her husband, I think it’s the dimension of Plateau politics because I had already made complaints to Mr. President that appointments should not be concentrated in one zone. And so all these appointments came again from one zone, in that particular zone.
“So the complaints coming from our state is not about personal interest but a fact that two ambassadorial appointments are coming from the same zone that we had complained about.’