Buhari To Pacify Tinubu With 6 Key Ministerial Slots

By Ikenga Chronicles December 30, 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari’s planned cabinet reshuffle coming up early 2017 is intended to cement the broken relationship between the presidency and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC)Bola Tinubu..

Report has it that at least 10 serving cabinet members may be relieved of their portfolios, out of which six spaces would be filled up with Tinubu’s nominees.

Confirming the report on Thursday night a source said; ‘’Buhari has allocated six ministerial slots to Tinubu for the purpose of mending fences.’’

The source added: “Buhari is aware that Tinubu contributed immensely to his ascension to power. In 2017, the president will surely carry Tinubu along.’’

Tinubu’s men who are expected to fill the space after the cabinet purge are Segun Abraham who lost out in the Ondo poll, James Faleke who lost out in the power play in Kogi State and Wale Edun, former Commissioner of Finance in Lagos State among others.

While these men remain subjects of grand speculations, a bigger surprise our source said could be the consideration of another Tinubu crony as Secretary to Government of the Federation(SGF) in place of the incumbent, Babachir Lawal, who is currently enmeshed in a contract scandal.

Recall that the gulf between the duo appeared widened after Tinubu asked that the party chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, be sacked for allegedly acting out a sponsored script that saw his preferred candidate, Segun Abraham, lose in the Ondo APC gubernatorial primaries.

Oyegun has not only remained glued to his position but has so far enjoyed unqualified protection from Buhari who personally rubbished Tinubu’s claims of any foul play in the Ondo primaries.

A further dent on the once robust relationship is the unsettled acrimony over who may have actively influenced the emergence of Professor Yemi Osinbajo as APC’s Vice Presidential nominee in the 2015 elections.

However, the impending cabinet purge may douse the mounting level of mistrust that has plagued the prime movers of the APC-led government.

Presidential sources, however, admit that Buhari needs a foothold in the Southwest ahead of the 2019 elections, and would be safer with Tinubu as a friend, rather than an enemy.

It was gathered that the Buhari’s camp is gripped with fear despite assurances by Tinubu’s camp that the Jagaban would not exit the ruling party, APC, but his name continues to pop up alongside former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, as major promoters of another mega party.

With waning trusts, it remains to be seen how Buhari’s speculated game plan reinforces his hold on power, and how he also pacifies Tinubu who is keen on retaining his near dominant hold on Southwest politics.

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