Another storm in Aso Villa as Buhari sacks Osinbajo’s aides
Barely 24 hours that the media space was awash with fears that the Nigerian Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo may have been pocketed by cabals in the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, there seems to be another development stressing that the widely speculated storm in Aso Villa may not be over any time soon.
A top-ranking official in the office of the President speaks to TheNewsGuru [TNG] on the alleged feud between Osinbajo and Buhari’s kitchen cabinet as well as shed light on the underground approval of the dismissal of some of Buhari’s aides who were attached to the Office of the Vice-President.
Also, a National daily newspaper, Daily Nigerian had reported on Wednesday that about 35 of the aides were sacked.
Recall that critics had earlier in the week lampooned Buhari for relocating the ‘Presidency’ to the United Kingdom where he signed the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract (PSC) Amendment Bill into law.
The top source who spoke to TNG under the condition of anonymity confirmed that the numbers of aides working with the VP had truly been reduced following the approval of their dismissal by Buhari.
His words, “I am aware that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered for the dismissal of some of his aides who were erstwhile attached to the VPs office. While I can’t tell the numbers of those affected, I know they were issued the letter yesterday. I am certain most of those affected are the ones who were attached to the social investment programme which was previously under Osinbajo’s watch.
Answering if the action is connected to the longstanding feud between Buhari’s men and Osinbajo, the TNG source said ”all is well in Aso Rock.’
Meanwhile, when TNG reached aides working with the Vice President to get their views on the issue, not one of them was willing to speak on the matter.
Findings show that Osinbajo had more aides than President Buhari – these VP’s aides were all appointed to aid his duties while he was acting as President when Buhari was out of the country for over 130 non-consecutive days in London in 2017.
The VP, who was saddled with the responsibility of running the economy as well as the social investment programmes in the first term of the President, is believed to have twice the number of aides that work directly with the President.
Aides to the Vice-President as of 2017 according to reports was about 52 while that of the President was 25.