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Presidency Probes ‘Death’ Of Lagos Fed. Character Commission Nominee

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The presidency on Wednesday said it would investigate the circumstances that led to the removal of Alhaji Bolaji Miftah Are, a commis­sioner-nominee from Lagos State in the board of the Fed­eral Character Commission (FCC).

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The development, our cor­respondent gathered, was al­ready causing ripples in the presidency as it appears that President Muhammadu Bu­hari was misled in taking the decision.

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Are, whose name was among 37 FCC nominees published by the presidency on April 28, was replaced by Wasiu Kayode Bawallah.

In the original list released by the presidency and sighted by our correspondent, Are’s name was number 25 on the list.

Findings by our corre­spondent showed that Are was nominated for the po­sition by former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.

However, some leaders of the party in Lagos, who still has political scores to settle with Ambode due to the fall-out of the 2019 governorship election, allegedly presented false documents to presiden­cy officials, claiming that the nominee was dead.

A civil society organisa­tion, Justice for Progress and Development (JPD), had Thursday petitioned Presi­dent Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, over a fraud allegedly perpetrated by some leaders of the All Progressives Con­gress (APC) in Lagos in the list sent by the president to the Senate for confirmation.

In the petition dated Thursday, May 14, spokes­person of the group, Chief Martin Oru-Benson, said while President Buhari an­nounced the name of Are Miftah Bolaji as the commis­sioner for Lagos State under the Federal Character Com­mission, some chieftains of the APC in Lagos went through the backdoor and replaced his name with Wa­siu Kayode.

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