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Appointment of dead people: "I am not picking any offence at all", Wife of late Senator Okpozo, Anna finally reacts

Wife of the late leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State, Mrs. Anna Okpozo, has finally reacted to the appointment of her late husband, Senator Francis Okpozo, as Chairman of the Nigerian Press Council.

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President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday announced the appointment 209 board chairmen and 1,258 members of government owned agencies and parastatals.

Six people have been confirmed dead in the list so far and Senator Francis Okpozo was among the deceased in the list.

Mrs. Okpozo, who said she was surprised when she saw the name, added however, that the President would not be ” everywhere to know everything”.

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She said her late husband, as one of the founders of the APC 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 told Vanguard, “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.

“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.”

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