The embattled Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, was making frantic efforts as of Friday evening to secure an appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari over her travails.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.