Presidency releases names of Osinbajo’s sacked aides

The names of the 35 aides of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari were released on Thursday by the presidency.
The aides, said to have been given appointment letters with the approval of President Buhari in August, this year, were sacked on Tuesday night reportedly via a letter from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
Reports claim that the order for their sack was given by Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, to the SGF, who initially resisted the order until he was told that the directive had come from the president.
The names on the list include Ajibola Ajayi, daughter of former governor of Oyo State, Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi. She was appointed Special Assistant (Legal) to the President (VP’s Office) in August 2019. She was a former SA to the President on Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) (VP’s office), from October 2015 to May 2019.
The others are Lanre Osinbona (SSA, ICT); Imeh Okon (SSA, Infrastructure); Jide Awolowo, grandson of Obafemi Awolowo (SA, Oil and Gas); Lilian Idiaghe (SA, Research, Legal and Compliance); Arukino Umukoro (SA, Niger Delta); Bala Liman Mohammed (SSA, Economy); Edobor Iyamu (SSA, Niger Delta); Dolapo Bright (SSA, Agro Allied Value Chain); Toyosi Onaolapo (SA, Community Engagement); Gambo Manzo (SA, Political); Bisi Ogungbemi (SA, Political Matters); Edirin Akemu (SSA, Industry, Trade & Investment); Akin Soetan (STA, Economic Matters); Aondaver Kuttuh (Technical Assistant, Rule of Law); Ife Adebayo (SA, Innovation), and Yussuf Ali (SA, Power Regulations).
The rest are Tola Asekun (SSA, National Boundary Commission); Morakinyo Beckley (SA, Off Grid Power); Yosola Akinbi (SSA, NEC); Tochi Nwachukwu (SA, Power Privatisation); Bode Gbore (SSA, Political); Abdulrahman Baffa Yola (SA, Political); Kolade Sofola (SA, Infrastructure); Ebi Awosika (STA, Community Engagement); Muyiwa Abiodun (SSA, Power); Forri Samson Banu (SA, Entrepreneurship); Bege Bala (SA, BPE); Feyishayo Aina (SA, Community Engagement); Halima Bawa (SA, Community Engagement); Nkechi Chukwueke (SA, Community Engagement), and Ilsa Essien (SA, Media).
Until the names were made public on Thursday, the presidency had remained mum on the identity of the affected staff.
It has been reported that Osinbajo had made moves to delay the sack of his aides but failed.
According to the report, the VP’s office had sought to delay the matter till the return of President Buhari to the country from London on November 17.
The delay was said to have been sought to allow the VP discuss the issue with the president, but the presidency reportedly went ahead to effect the sack.
The affected aides were said to have been denied clearance to access the Villa on Wednesday from the Pilot Gate of the Presidential Villa.
Osinbajo, it was alleged, had more aides than Buhari, some of whom were appointed while he was the acting president when Buhari was in London in 2017.
Aides to Osinbajo as of 2017, according to reports, were about 52 while those of the president were 25.
However, other appointments were said to have been made for Osinbajo which were never made public.
Some of the aides, it has been reported, were being paid by donor agencies and not directly by the Federal Government.
Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, reportedly said, “The SGF has responsibility for the issuance of letters of appointment and, where the need arises, sack letters as well.”
However, the presidency has denied any rift between the president and his deputy, but the sack of the aides, coming soon after moving the Social Investment Programme of the administration to the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Investment, is heightening speculations concerning high-wired politics in the presidency.
Abba Kyari has been fingered as leading a cabal in the presidency bent on making the office of the vice president as irrelevant as possible in the years before the 2023 polls.
The presidency also recently replaced the Economic Management Team chaired by Osinbajo with the Economic Advisory Council led by Prof. Doyin Salami which reports directly to him.
Regardless, there were also reports that the sack of the aides was taken to prevent redundancy which may have set in after the recent reorganisation in the presidency.

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