The National Secretary of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Senator Lawan Shuaibu has rejected his appointment as a member of the special task force on the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill.
The Minister of Petroleum Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke has named Shuaibu on the 8-man panel to be chaired by Senator Udoma Udo Udoma. Other members of the task force, to be inaugurated tomorrow are: Senator Tunde Ogbeha, Hon Chibudom Nwuche, Hon Abdullahi Gumel, Hon Habeeb Fashinro, Mr Peter Esele (President of TUC), and Legal Adviser of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
But Shuaibu said yesterday in Abuja that while he appreciates the appointment, he was rejecting it based on principle.
"I am currently the national secretary of ACN, faced with enormous responsibility of running the national secretariat as well as arranging meetings of the party, which are very frequent these days, (especially owing to current pressing national issues) which occupy a greater part of my daily schedules.
I thank the honourable minister for the kind gesture extended to me and wish other members of the task force (my former colleagues in the National Assembly) success in the assignment," he said.