The last may not have been heard of the face-off between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and persons in the Presidency, who are allegedly united in their bid to frustrate the VP ahead of 2023.
According to Presidency sources, the Aso Villa cabal may have adopted another strategy to facilitate their plot. It is now allegedly bringing together “a new array of forces, including former key Federal Government officials (who lost their jobs in circumstances linked to the influence of the embattled VP), and at least, one of his staunchest political allies to wage the ongoing political fight in the Presidency,” one source confirmed.”
While the attack on the VP is aimed at tarnishing his image by spreading tales about him and rehashing old stories, the unifying appeal for all those now coming together to fight the VP is how to speedily stop him from a 2023 bid.
Alleged to be under the command of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, those who are now said to be working against the VP include a former Governor of Lagos State, the former Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawan Daura that the VP ousted while he acted for the President, the former DG, NIA, Ayo Oke, who was indicted in a corruption probe chaired by the VP, and some indicted management staff of NEMA, who were dismissed by the NEMA board under the chairmanship of the VP due to several corruption cases, and conflict of interest.
Queried why a former Lagos State governor would be after the VP, when it is common knowledge that both the VP and himself have always been on same page, the source fired back: “Then why has he been silent since?”
Told that the media team to the former governor had cleared the air, that the two have no dispute whatever, the source said that did not amount to denial. The source added that both have not communicated since the middle of last month; and have not met since the travails of the VP started. But that they should meet soon from the look of things, he said.
According to another insider information, the cabal plans to propose the sacked DG, SSS as the new National Security Adviser for which reason the Chief of Staff has continued to block the reappointment of the current NSA, Gen Baba Gana Monguno. While Monguno has not been publically reappointed, the President has continued to have him around and kept him as an adviser to the chagrin of the Cabal.
The Cabal calculates that the removal of the current NSA will aid their fight against the VP, mainly because the current NSA is unwilling to join forces with other members of the Cabal against the VP.
A source said: “If you look at all the people Abba Kyari and Babagana Kingibe are bringing together to fight the VP, most of them have one corruption case or the other against their name. They want to stop the VP now because they don’t want to go to jail if the VP ever gets beyond where he is now. They are afraid of their own records.”
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