Latest discovery revealed that the number of dead persons appointed into the governing boards of agencies and parastatals are eight and not three that was earlier published.
The revelation comes as Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its chieftains poured vitriolic invectives on President Muhammadu Buhari following the error.
The dead who made the list include, Late Senator Francis Okpozo. who passed on in December 2016 but on the list released on Friday, December 29, was appointed chairman of the Nigerian Press Council.
Late Chief Donald Ugbaja, who died on the 29th of November, 2017 but was appointed a member of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Reverend Christopher Utov, whose demise occurred in March 2017 and strangely was on the list as member of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research.
Others are; Late Alhaji Umar Dange, who was appointed as a board member of the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta, Late Emir of Katagum Kabir Umar, who died on December 9, and was on the board of the Federal Medical Centre, Azare, Bauchi, and another appointee, Ahmed Bunza, who after his death was buried in May 22.
Like several persons and groups, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its chieftains have expressed their displeasure at the error, which the ruling All Progressive Congress, and the presidency have attempted to play down in several statements.
The opposition party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the development as a national embarrassment adding that it validated its position that the APC led-federation government was incompetent.
The statement reads in part, “This inability to tidy up a simple issue of list of 209 appointees has completely exposed the extent the APC government is bereft of simple organizational skills to manage a country like Nigeria, which is in dire need of development.
“How on earth can a government that cannot compile a common list handle intricate issues of national planning and budgeting; issues of health, education, aviation, agriculture, infrastructure and management of the huge civil service?
“How can they possibly initiate and successfully implement national and international instruments for national development in today’s competitive world?”
In his own remark, former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, in a group whatsapp post, queried the rationale behind the error, saying “You just appointed Donald Ugbaja as member of the Consumer Protection Council. You also appointed Chris Utovas a member of the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research.
“What is it about you and the dead? Is it some kind of fetish or is it just a manifestation of your love for and practice of corspocracy?”