Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso has expressed his opposition to the appointment of Chief Festus Odimegwu as the Chairman of the National Population Commission, adding that the former Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries is an alcoholic.
Gov. Kwankwaso who first faulted Chief Odimegwu’s appointment at a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan and called for his sack, in an interview with State House correspondents took a swipe at the NPC boss.
His words: “I also raised the issue of the Chairman of the National Population Commission headed by one Festus Odimegwu.
“We are not happy about that appointment, and think that it was a mistake. Odimegwu shouldn’t be there in the first place, why because, you see unfortunately we were together, somebody read his curriculum vitae.
“He had only one thing in alcoholic industry, all his life. And my guess is that he’s taking a lot of his products and that is why we feel that his appointment is a mistake because he cannot be the Chairman of NPC and at the same time attacking what his predecessor had done.”
However, the NPC, in its reaction, faulted Kwankwaso’s comments.
In a statement by the Chairperson of the NPC Public Affairs Committee , Oluseyi Aderinokun-Olusanya, the commission said “the governor’s call for the sack of NPC chairman was diversionary, ill-advised and a reckless attempt to politicise the yet-to-be conducted 2016 census.”