"We congratulate our members for the honour done them and we believe that they will demonstrate the grit needed to showcase Ekiti State as a symbol of excellence in their various assignments".
However, it has been discovered that at least 8 members on the list have since passed away. "We urge the President to consider Ekiti State for more appointments and more employment-generating projects", Olatunbosun said.
He also said that 'Only the "living dead" enjoys the company of the dead'.
Among the dead persons appointed is Christopher Utov who was appointed a member of Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research.
The presidential spokesman said the president only made a decision to revisit the matter recently and therefore directed the new SGF to release the list.
The list has created an uproar among Nigerians with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describing the blunder as demonstrative of the "gross incompetence" of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
However, during an appearance on Channels Television's special End of the year Programme on Sunday, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, revealed that the President will reveal the fate of those behind the fuel crisis during his address.
Ms. Ezekwesili, in a series of tweets on her verified Twitter handle, expressed disappointment at the presidency for releasing such list as well as defending the errors contained in the list.
"The panel did its work and turned in its report early in 2017".
The Nigerian presidency has ruled out sanctions against any of the officials working with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) for the embarrassment caused the government and the nation by an appointment list containing names of deceased persons.
He said that between the compilation of the list and its announcement, the APC could not stop people from dying but assured that all dead appointees on the list will be replaced. "They were asked to go and review the list", he explained.