The embattled chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Festus Odimegwu, has resigned his appointment from the Commission.
In a statement by the Special Assistant (media) to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sam Nwaobasi, he said President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted the resignation.
The former chairman of the NPC had criticized the census figures, which was believed to be lopsided in favour of the North and was queried by the SGF over the comments.
Following that comment, he had come under heavy criticism from prominent Northerners, who argued that as the chairman of the NPC, he ought to be more discreet.
For instance, Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, had taken Odimegwu to the cleaners when he said the latter might have been under the influence of alcohol when he rubbished the figures of the 2006 census.
Kwanwkaso, who spoke after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, had described Odimegwu’s appointment as a mistake.
While answering questions from journalists after his meeting with President Jonathan, the Governor said if Odimegwu were not a drunkard, he would not have condemned the 2016 census.
“His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR has accepted the resignation of Eze Festus Odimegwu as Chairman of the National Population Commission with effect from Thursday, 17th of October, 2013,” Thursday’s statement read in part.
“Dr. Sam Ahaiwe, the Commissioner representing Abia State in the Commission, will act as chairman pending the appointment of a substantive Chairman,” the statement added.
Odimegwu has been under fire from the North over his criticism of the outcome of past census figures.