Wife of late leader of the All Progressives Congress in Delta State, Mrs. Anna Okpozo has said President Muhammadu Buhari should not be blamed for the error on publication of her husbands name among those appointed into Boards and Parastatals, affirming that the appointment was made before the death of her husband.
President’s spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu had earlier explained that the error in the list of appointees had been complied since 2015 while the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir David Lawal was still in office, whereas Okpozo died a year after.
She said her husband, Senator Francis Okpozo got the appointment as a founding member of APC in his state, stressing that it was not a bad idea that he was to head a board after working for it.
Although she expressed surprise that her husband’s name was published after his death, she, nonetheless insisted that the President should blamed because he could not be “everywhere to know everything”.
However, the wife said that her late husband, as one of the founders of the All Progressives Congress, was a close friend of the President and stood by him, along with a national leader of the party, during the APC presidential primary and presidential election.
She stressed, ”During the President’s inauguration, my husband was there. When he fell sick and eventually died, we did not hear anything, though the President too was fighting for his life. As the head, he (Buhari) sent a condolence message.
“So, this appointment is giving me some thoughts on whether it was not the President that sent the condolence message. If he was the one that sent the message and was aware that his (late Okpozo) name was on the list, he (Buhari) would have corrected it.”
The widower added, “I am not picking any offence at all because as a President, he cannot know everything about everybody in the whole country. Maybe he had delegated the thing (selection) to some people to do and they did not consult but just published it (list).
“My husband died on December 26, 2016. So, I cannot cry over split milk. He is gone; the living can forge ahead. But I commend him for remembering my son.”