Oyo-Ita Desperate To Meet Buhari, Embarks On ‘Sick Leave’

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By CrossRiverWatch Admin

The embattled Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winnifred Oyo-Ita, was making frantic efforts as of Friday evening to secure an appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari over her travails, SATURDAY PUNCH has learnt.

Oyo-Ita is currently in the eye of the storm after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission reportedly questioned her over alleged N3bn bribery, duty tour allowance falsification and fraud case.

A Presidency source told our correspondent on Friday that the embattled HOCSF has been reaching out to Government officials who she feels can assist her to secure appointment with Buhari who is currently in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.

The purpose of the audience she is seeking, the source said, is to enable her to explain herself personally to the President.

As of the time of filing this report however, Oyo-Ita has not succeeded in meeting Buhari since her travails started.

The source said, “I know that since the issue started, she (Oyo-Ita) has been trying hard to seek an appointment with the President so that she can explain her side of the story.

“I know that so far, she has not been able to secure the appointment. She has been meeting a brick wall.

“In any case, even if she succeeds in meeting the President, there won’t be any difference.  This President will never stop such investigation.”

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, declined comment when he was contacted on the telephone on the matter on Friday.

Also, efforts made to speak with Oyo-Ita on the telephone on Friday evening did not yield any result.

Calls made to her known telephone line between 6.47pm and 7.12pm entered call forwarding mode, signaling that the number was not available.

A source close to her had however told journalists late Thursday that she had proceeded on leave officially “to attend to her health condition.”

He said while the HOCSF admitted that the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, invited her verbally, she was never detained at the commission since “she denied all allegations on fraudulent conduct.”

Recall that Buhari last Friday left Abuja for his hometown where he joined his kinsmen and others to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir.

He is due back in Abuja on Sunday barely 24 hours before a two-day presidential retreat being organised for ministers designate will start on Monday.

At the close of the retreat on Tuesday, Buhari will inaugurate the ministers designate and assign portfolios to them on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a civil society organisation, the Independent Public Service Watch, has called for the resignation of Oyo-Ita following the allegation.

The CSO in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by its Executive Secretary, Mr Okpanachi Jacob, vowed to commence nationwide protest against her if she fails to resign within 72 hours.

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One commentOn Oyo-Ita Desperate To Meet Buhari, Embarks On ‘Sick Leave’

  • Mary Bassey
    Greetings to you.

    Could you please also carry out investigation on why the Governor had promoted workers since 2016 and has failed to implement their promotions. Some people were promoted and others are still pending.

    Could you also carry out an investigation on why the Head of Service of Cross River State is deducting money from the salary of workers TWICE for the purpose of making them own a laptop

    First one was deducted from 2012 to 2014 and now there is another deduction from June 2019.

    Should a civil servant own 2 laptops simply because the government wants them to be ” computer literate”

    How does owning a computer makes someone to be computer literate?

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