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More roles for Osibajo, as Oshiomole warms up for cabinet

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

By Toye Faleye

Following the resumption of duty by President Muhammadu Buhari after a 49-day medical vacation in London, he is set to give the Vice President, Yemi Osibajo, more roles. A source, who is a senior government official in the presidency, who does not want his name in print according to an online medium, says this new scheme of things will see the President assigning more important national duties to Osibajo following his impressive performance while handling state matters when the President was away. The new roles, according to the Presidency, will empower the Vice President more.

Also, the President will soon draft the former Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, to his cabinet. This confirms the speculation that was making the rounds shortly before Oshiomole completed his second term in office as the state governor.

It is however not clear which of the portfolio Oshiomole will be assigned to. But speculation had been rife that Babatunde Raji Fashola may be divested of one of his portfolios to give way for Oshiomole. At present, Fashola is the current Minister of Power, Works and Housing.

The source revealed further that, Buhari, who resumed duty on Monday is said to be very impressed by the ‘performance, competence and loyalty’ of  the Vice President, who served as Acting President while he was away. According to the source, on this strength, both the President and his Vice will be working on greater synergy.

On why it took the President two years to have smooth working relationship with his Vice, the source said both men had always been closer than the public knew. He said both are close and that the President liked to delegate tasks to the VP, but according to him, the people who are close to the President had always interfered.

“The President is determined to remove those who interfere so that his administration can build on its recent strides,” the source disclosed, revealing that the cabinet, upon the return of the President, would witness a major reshuffle which would sweep away both junior and senior ministers and fill the vacant positions left by the two states of  Kogi and Benue.

 Both Kogi and Gombe States have no representatives in the Federal Executive Council. Kogi State’s position became vacant following the death of a former Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr. James Ocholi (SAN), in a road accident on March 6, 2016.

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