Rumbles in the Presidency over Osinbajo’s Performance

Acting President Yomi Osinbajo

The five odd weeks (and counting) of Medical vacation by President Muhammadu Buhari is churning up anxieties in political quarters as political configurations are being broken and series of political alignments and realignments intensify towards the 2019 elections. This is particularly evident in the activities of the power brokers in the Aso Rock, who, this Magazine was informed, are miffed that the country seem to have woken up under the Acting Presidency of Yomi Osinbajo. For One, more strains are being put on Aso Rock staff who are now compelled to stay in office beyond 7pm, when Osinbajo regularly leaves office. This is in contradistinction to the work timing of the President, which was said to end by 4pm.
Within the five weeks he has been the acting president, Osinbajo has been able to make a mark. Under his watch, the Central Bank Of NIgeria, CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, released dollars to commercial Banks to stem the regime of multiple exchange rates. The result was the crash of the Dollar from 510 Naira per dollar to 450 Naira per dollar. Since he stepped in, he has been touring the Nations hot spots, particularly in the Southern part of the country. His visits to the South South coincided with the cessation of hostilities by the Niger Delta Avengers.Their activities has nosedived after several trips to the region giving credence to the idea that crushing the militants was a wrong approach to resolving the crisis. And he has given a time period to convince investors to start coming back to the country.After much dilly dallying by his boss, he finally sent the name of Wlter Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation. He has been confirmed a substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.
All these progress reports has not gone well with those that had the ears of Buhari. sources indicate that this group of politicians, who are benefiting immensely from the penchant of Buhari to want every file to pass through him without delegation thereby creating a bottleneck of bureaucracy are making frantic efforts to frustrate his activities. “Some will travell to London for their private shopping only to come back to tell Osinajo that Baba was not in support of soso and so”, this magazine was informed.
@019 seemed to be of particular interests to the gladiators. Unconfirmed reports indicate that pressures are on the Vice president to, in case Buhari’s vacation becomes over extended and he has to become substantive president, he is expected to pick the Kaduna state governor, Nasiru El Rufai as Vice president, a situation that is not sitting well with the Christian Association Of Nigeria based on recent crisis in Kaduna and the alleged role of the governor.Indications are therefore that Osinbajo’s tour of the South south and South east was a consultation of those zones for a southern block backing if push comes to shove.
Another twist came with the National leader alleged to have interest in 2019 presidency, an allegation he has since denied.But Analysts see that as kite-flying, and if nothing else has served to buttress the idea that the current situation was particularly and rightly permuted by Tinubu, in which, if Osinbajo becomes the president, he will be in a position to relinquish the presidency in 2019 for Tinubu to contest. But Analysts believe such a scenario will pitch the south west against the North in 2019, making way for either an Igbo or another minority presidency. In recent times, clamor of an igbo presidency has been touted as an an antidote to the Biafran crisis. With thw Judgement of Justice Binta Nyako in favour of Nnamdi Kanu, it only remains for Osinbajo, himself a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, to insist on the rule of law as against impunity for him to win the south east sympathy-and Northern angst.
All these permutations is in the absence of Buhari. And that remains in the realm of speculation.

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