Perhaps convinced that Governor Hope Uzodinma is not firmly on ground in Imo state, President Muhammadu Buhari has shifted focus to the camp of former governor of the state Senator Rochas Okorocha by appointing one of their members to be member of the Board of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC).
There are indications that Buhari ditched Gov. Uzodinma and his camp after the President’s state visit to Imo state where he was received by a handful of citizens due to the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on the day of Buhari’s visit.
Before Buhari left Abuja for Owerri, the Imo state capital, Gov Hope had assured the president that the people of the state were enthusiastic to receive him.
However, Buhari was nearly humiliated to see that all the streets of Owerri were empty as there was nearly 100 percent compliance to the IPOB’s sit-at-home order, except for the few people that welcomed the president. The media had also reported that those that welcomed Buhari were hired from other states than Imo.
According to a statement by Femi Adesina, a Senior Special Adviser to the President onedia and Publicity, Buhari directed the the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and announced some Nigerians into its Board.
Among those appointed is Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume, a strong member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who is also an opponent of Gov Uzodinma in Imo state.
Ararume is in bed with the political camp of former governor Rochas Okorocha is have been in hot battle with the governor.
According to the statement by Adesina, “President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacity as Minister of Petroleum Resources, has directed the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited.
“This is in consonance with Section 53(1) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, which requires the Minister of Petroleum Resources to cause for the incorporation of the NNPC Limited within six months of commencement of the Act in consultation with the Minister of Finance on the nominal shares of the Company.
“The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kolo Kyari, has, therefore, been directed to take necessary steps to ensure that the incorporation of the NNPC Limited is consistent with the provisions of the PIA 2021.
“Also, by the power vested in him under Section 59(2) of the PIA 2021, President Buhari has approved the appointment of the Board and Management of the NNPC Limited, with effect from the date of incorporation of the Company.
“Chairman of the Board is Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, while Mele Kolo Kyari and Umar I. Ajiya are Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, respectively.
“Other Board Members are; Dr Tajudeen Umar (North East), Mrs Lami O. Ahmed (North Central), Mallam Mohammed Lawal (North West), Senator Margaret Chuba Okadigbo (South East), Barrister Constance Harry Marshal (South South), and Chief Pius Akinyelure (South West),” the statement concluded.