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|SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by jcflex(m): 3:35am On Aug 29, 2015|
President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to go outside the permutations of political enthusiasts to appoint key officers of the administration was a fallout of the endless squabbling and the fait accompli that was forced on him by political opponents of his favorite for the post, former Governor Tunde Fashola
The disappointments by political stakeholders from the south nonetheless, the appointment of northern minorities and Christians into key positions by the Buhari administration is meanwhile receiving mixed welcome from the Northern minorities.
Buhari had on Thursday sidestepped the favourite nominees including Fashola and former Governor Ogbonnonya Onu to appoint Engr. David Lawal, the national vice-chairman, Northeast, of the All Progressives Congress, APC as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF.
Also appointed was the former newspaper editor and banker, Alhaji Abba Kyari as chief of staff while the taciturn disciplinarian and erstwhile chief of staff to Buhari, Col. Hammed Ali (retd.) was appointed as the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service.
Fashola had been widely touted for the position largely on account of his organisational acumen and strides in Lagos as governor. However, local political opponents of the former governor, especially within the All Progressives Congress, APC were said to have been largely uncomfortable with his possible emergence as chief of staff, a position they believed would have given him the impetus to dominate the Southwest APC political leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Though Tinubu has recently denied his personal involvement in the campaign against Fashola that was mounted through publication of allegedly inflated contract awards by his administration, his close associates were, however, known to have deployed other political schemes to knock Fashola out of contention for either the position of SGF or Chief of Staff.
The ultimate weapon that was used in neutralising Fashola, Saturday Vanguard learnt, was the nomination of a former commissioner in the Fashola administration as the Deputy Chief of Staff to the president but delegated to the office of the vice-president.
Mr. Ade Ipaye, SAN who worked as attorney general and commissioner for justice in the second term of the Fashola administration, it was gathered has been pencilled down as the deputy chief of staff to the president with responsibilities of working under the vice-president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.
The deployment of Mr. Ipaye, it was gathered, became the political masterstroke that was used in knocking Fashola out of reckoning in the stiff race for Chief of Staff.
Sources privy to the development disclosed that those against Fashola took advantage of the fact that Buhari is bent on operating a single presidency with only one chief of staff who would oversee the president’s affairs and a deputy chief of staff who would oversee the duties of the vice-president. Given that Ipaye was projected to work with Osinbajo, it became untenable to have another Lagosian in the person of Fashola work as chief of staff.
“You cannot have two of them from Lagos working as chief of staff and deputy chief of staff in the same government,” a source privy to the development disclosed.
Ipaye’s choice as deputy chief of staff was also logical given that before his appointment into the Fashola cabinet he had worked as special assistant to Osinbajo when the latter was commissioner for justice and attorney general in Lagos State in the Tinubu administration.
Meanwhile, despite mutterings in some sections of the country about perceived geopolitical lopsidedness in the appointments so far made by the president, the appointment of Mr. Lawal as SGF was at the weekend being welcomed as another elixir by Buhari to soothe the long cries of marginalisation by northern minorities.
Mr. Lawal from Adamawa State, a pastor and missionary, became the first Christian from the North to get the high profile position of SGF. His appointment sources said flowed from the comfort and confidence the president has in him arising from his long association with the president.
Lawal was a leading supporter of Buhari ahead of the presidential primaries and helped to ensure that Buhari defeated Atiku Abubakar in the APC presidential primaries in Adamawa State and the Northeast.
Besides his integrity and political capacity that recommended him for the office, Mr. Lawal’s emergence as SGF was at the weekend also receiving critical acclaim by northern minorities on account of the long history of marginalisation of Northern Christians into sensitive positions in the recent past.
However, one northern leader was not impressed yesterday saying that it was a move to lure the disenchanted northern minorities back to the agenda of one north.
“This is just a move to woo the northern minorities back to the Hausa Fulani agenda before they will again humiliate us after they have achieved their purpose,” the northern leader a former member of the National Assembly and presidential aide told Saturday Vanguard yesterday.
Some have alleged that it was part of the scheme to reintegrate the northern minorities into the One North philosophy that the Northwest through Governor Aminu Tambuwal gave rabid support for the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as speaker of the House of Representatives.
Apparently alluding to a deliberate effort to rebuild the relationship between the northern minorities and the Hausa Fulani when he received a delegation of Dogara’s Sayawa Community of Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa Local Government Areas of Bauchi State who paid him a thank you visit in appreciation of his role in the installation of Dogara as speaker, Tambuwal had said:
“The relationship between people of Sokoto and Bauchi States was amplified in the First Republic when the first Prime Minister of Nigeria, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa worked in harmony with the leader of his party and then Premier of Northern Nigeria, Sir Ahamdu Bello.”
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|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by Gombs(m): 3:35am On Aug 29, 2015|
Fash... You dined with the devil. Simple
Get thee behind me LadyF
I want to dedicate this space to all those who did not see this APC scam. I pray they understand the consequences of their faith in BAT.
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|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by ladyF(f): 3:35am On Aug 29, 2015|
Its [size=20pt]LadyF[/size] again
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|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by kamair237(m): 3:38am On Aug 29, 2015|
See time... habba...
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by Fleshly: 3:38am On Aug 29, 2015|
Cry me an ocean.
Fashola should kiss his a55!
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|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by kamair237(m): 3:39am On Aug 29, 2015|
Lets be loyal to our course.....
APC let's not behave like Wailers...
Lets believe that PMB will pull us through...
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|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by kamair237(m): 3:40am On Aug 29, 2015|
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by kamair237(m): 3:40am On Aug 29, 2015|
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by OtunbaJega: 3:59am On Aug 29, 2015|
PDP will soon be replaced by KOWA
then this kinda kindergarten propaganda will stop
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by Davijunson: 4:14am On Aug 29, 2015|
A bit long.. Someone should remind me wen it gets to FP. but till then... THIS LAND IS NOT FOR SALE. BEWARE OF FRAUDSTERS.
check out ma Signature.
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by donsmall94(m): 4:35am On Aug 29, 2015|
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by dele1727: 4:43am On Aug 29, 2015|
makes perfect sense
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by Mzflexydeeva(f): 6:16am On Aug 29, 2015|
Mk we sit down dey look
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by agabusta: 6:45am On Aug 29, 2015|
Buhari shocked many when he selected a relatively unknown man as his running mate, the current Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. Interestingly, the running mate selected turned out to be a Pastor!
Dogara who emerged as the speaker is a christian.
Babachir Lawal has been appointed into the powerful position in the Federation as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The engine room of the government of the day. This appointment also shocked many as the man is relatively unknown.
Babachir is a Christian and also a Pastor! The implication of this is that we now have a Pastor as the Vice President and a Pastor as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The Speaker of the House of Representatives is also a Christian.
Can it still be said that PMB is pursuing an Islamic agenda??
I can see that most people who were shouting islamization has piped down and are now screaming "northern agenda!"
By the time the remaining appointments balances out the distribution, i'll be waiting to see what wailers will wail about next.
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|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by gists: 6:59am On Aug 29, 2015|
Tinubu, the Nigerian Marchiavelli
The man you hate to love
Tinubu is just Making Use Of the Cat's-Paws.
As stated in Law 26 of the 48 Laws of Power (which is practically a derivative of Niccolo Marchiavelli's book "THE PRINCE"
You must seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakes and nasty deeds. Maintain such a spotless appearance by using others as scapegoats and cat's-paws to disguise your involvement.
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by gists: 7:01am On Aug 29, 2015|
agabusta:@ the bolded
Actually, Buhari is trying to christianize Nigeria.
Shame on PDP and TANdroids
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|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by bonechamberlain(m): 7:04am On Aug 29, 2015|
well I don't pity fashola at all. allowing tinubu to pick his successor was his greatest mistake. in Nigerian politics to remain relevant and to be a force to reckon u must outshine your master, especially if the master is very domineering and ruthless.
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|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by mykemiley(f): 7:13am On Aug 29, 2015|
Why can't pple mind their business 4 once, una jst dey cari d mata 4 una head, diz pple no dey complain...leav dem alone....
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by shiinihost: 7:23am On Aug 29, 2015|
let buhari be allowed to appoint who he is comfortable with as his 'Kitchen Cabinet'
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by timilehing(m): 7:24am On Aug 29, 2015|
Taking paracetamol for another man's headache
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by fitzmayowa: 7:25am On Aug 29, 2015|
Fashola don enter one chance...
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by RichDad1(m): 7:25am On Aug 29, 2015|
Whatever it is, life goes on.
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by bigerboy200: 7:26am On Aug 29, 2015|
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by Hammefeez: 7:27am On Aug 29, 2015|
leave PMB alone
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by Cutesexy1(f): 7:27am On Aug 29, 2015|
He should reconcile with his boss
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by hassan85(m): 7:27am On Aug 29, 2015|
well never naked ur brother in public. d south should stop all this if I don't get it u won't get it. using newspaper to wash and dent dia bests and not praising dem.
if Pmb chooses Amechi or Fashola same gallibles dt sponsored newspaper advert against him will start wailing again.
Grow up and stop spoiling your bestests
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by Reekadict04: 7:28am On Aug 29, 2015|
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by handie(m): 7:28am On Aug 29, 2015|
Lies. When Buhari sets his mind on a thing, nothing, absolutely nothing dissuades him. If he wanted Fashola as his SGF or COS, neither the mudslinging or a so called assistant COS position to be given to a Lagosian could have dissuaded him. Dude is unpredictable and doesn't give a sh*t about any mudslinging or politician's interest. Na wetin he like, na im he do so. I pity those people that'll be working with him. No margin for error and u won't even know when u've crossed the line. Sai the Major General from Daura
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|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by temitayomie: 7:29am On Aug 29, 2015|
Tinubu should be careful not to destroy what he has built over the years.
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by Nobody: 7:29am On Aug 29, 2015|
U have been infected with Mental River blindness.
|Re: SGF: How Fashola Was Schemed Out by Dindondin(m): 7:30am On Aug 29, 2015|
Gombs:APC has more problems than PDP.
Now Amaechi is paraing
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