All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun yesterday [April 16] said if necessary, the party may seek experts’ help on some issues in the handover note from President Goodluck Jonathan. He also said President-elect Muhammadu Buhari will in the next few days name a transition committee which will work with a similar government team headed by Vice President Namadi Sambo.
He said APC will raise a transition committee to crosscheck whatever papers or records they are handing over to us. In our own case, we need a lot more consultations and be sure that the right calibre of people are there. We will study the handover note and where we need experts’ help, we will seek to make sure that all issues are put in proper perspective for the new government.
“If there are grey areas which experts will have to put us through, we will not hesitate to seek their help.” Asked when the party will raise its own transition committee, Odigie-Oyegun added: “It is the president-elect that will name the members. He will do so in the next few days.”
He said the party was indifferent to the May handover date because it will not create any vacuum. Odigie-Oyegun said: “On the May 28 handover date, I am not aware of any consultation with us by the presidency. I do not know whether or not it was an issue discussed by both the President and the President-elect. I may have to find out.
“As far as we are concerned, we are getting an extra day and it will give us an opportunity to prepare more for the task ahead. So long as our candidate’s tenure is not shortchanged by a day, it might not be an issue. “I think May 28 will just be for the formality of papers, the actual swearing in/ inauguration will still be on May 29. “I do not think that there will be a vacuum because the President will still be in charge till May 29 until the inauguration is done.”
Odigie-Oyegun said the Presidency had written the party to nominate members into the Inauguration Committee. “I know they have set up Inauguration Committee, we will send our list to them soon.”