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Cabal in Presidency shops for Osinbajo’s replacement — Lifestyle News



  • ….. Popular South West pastor tops list
  • Osinbajo may face corruption allegation

The crisis deepens in Aso Rock, the powerful cabal loyal to the President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday has concluded on forcing embattled Vice President Yemi Osinbajo out of office.

Despite the fog of
uncertainty surrounding the fate of Osinbajo, nothing concrete is yet be
traced to the president regarding the future of his deputy with whom he
had shared a warm relationship since their joint victory in 2015.

the president’s men are said to be unrelenting in their pursuit of an
agenda reportedly aimed at abruptly ending Osinbajo’s presidential

all these, the vice president, on Friday, in Ekiti State, accused
insiders whom he described as fifth columnists of working against the
interest of the government.

In weeks ahead, one major battle
Osinbajo may have to fight is preventing corruption tar from leeching on
him as allegations of corrupt handling of government agencies under him
may soon hit the airwaves.

To a devastating effect, the
administration has employed the anti-corruption campaign to uproot
perceived enemies within the government.

from Walter Onnoghen who was sacked from office as the Chief Justice of
Nigeria for alleged failure to declare five domiciliary accounts
belonging to him in his asset declaration form, the immediate past Head
of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita was also relieved of
her position on Thursday over an alleged corruption probe.

her open clash with the powerful Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, at the
exco chamber in the Villa over the controversial return to office of
fugitive Abdulrasheed Maina of the infamous Pensiongate, many within the
system were counting days for her before being sent packing.

It was also predicted that allegations of corruption would be used in getting rid of her.

Both predictions came to pass and were accurate.

a former chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension, who fled
the country and was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC), was smuggled back into the country and into the
civil service in October 2017, triggering a national outcry.

camera, an incensed Oyo-Ita was seen wagging her fingers in the face of
an equally angry Kyari. Both eventually made up before the camera.

the sack of a former Director-General of the State Security Service
(SSS), Lawal Daura, Kyari is believed to be the face of the presidency
cabal, though two other powerful figures (names withheld) not in
government are also said to call major shots.

Search for replacement

the drama of the past week within the presidency, which has seen
Osinbajo in the eye of the storm regarding his continued relevance in
the administration’s second term in office, Saturday Tribune was
informed by a well-placed Villa . that names were already coming up
as possible replacement for the vice president.

Topping the list
of those being considered is said to be a popular pastor for what is
deemed an appropriate replacement and balancing.

Osinbajo, aside
from being a Christian, is a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of
God (RCCG) and an ally of the denomination’s influential general
overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

other names are reportedly being bandied as his possible replacement,
the said pastor appears to fulfill all the requirements, being also a
Christian, a popular pastor and equally from the south-western part of
the country like the vice president.

It was further learnt that those who want to see the back of Osinbajo are considering two major exit strategies: either his forceful resignation or impeachment through the National Assembly.

. around the vice president said his in-house traducers are
already seeing him to be toast with the conviction that it may not be
too difficult forcing him to resign when brought under pressure.

lack of meaningful political structure outside of Senator Bola Tinubu’s
is likely emboldening those seeking to rid the presidency of him.

vice president’s major sin for which he has reportedly not been
forgiven, according to an insider ., is beyond the actions taken
when the president was hospitalised in the United Kingdom.

As the
acting president, Osinbajo saw to the Senate confirmation of Justice
Walter Onnoghen as the nation’s substantive Chief Justice, though Buhari
eventually got rid of him through a controversial suspension following
an alleged failure to declare all his assets as required by the law.

Onnoghen, the first southern Christian CJN in over 28 years of northern domination, was replaced with Justice Mohammed Tanko.

also got the controversial erstwhile Director General of the SSS,
Daura, fired following a siege to the National Assembly.

The then acting president publicly said he consulted the then ailing president before making the decisions.

Daura has been seen around the seat of power since Buhari assumed full duties.

the public denial of the much-despised Ruga policy of the Buhari
administration by Osinbajo, following a national outcry, is said to have
been the deal breaker for the presidency cabal.

back-and-forth between the vice president’s office and the Myetti Allah
over Ruga and the insistence by the former that Ruga isn’t the same as
the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) against the position
of the latter further mobilised national and international outcry
against the policy.

Buhari’s administration later succumbed to the
global condemnation and scrapped the idea, which was aimed at having
strictly Fulani settlements in local governments across the country.

cabal, according to information available to Saturday Tribune, is
holding Osinbajo responsible for the unnatural death of the Ruga agenda,
believed to have been packaged by the administration to favour the
Fulani stock of the president.

Despite the decision by nearly all
northern governors to buy into NLTP as against Ruga and with Osinbajo
being actively involved, the party is reportedly considered over for him
in the current power project, hence the resolve, according to available
information, to kick him out.

political associate of Osinbajo told Saturday Tribune he didn’t see any
big deal in the alleged raw deal coming the way of the number two man.

asked if he had discussed the current realities with the vice
president, he said he could only volunteer an opinion when asked.

has been variously accused of sidelining many of his associates while
only relating closely with those who are of the Redeemed church.

senior lawyer had told Saturday Tribune of efforts he made to see the
vice president for a serious national issue only to realise that none of
the appointments given him materialised.

There is also a
perception that the chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service
(FIRS), Babatunde Fowler’s recent query from the Villa was part of the
assault against the camp of the vice president, considering their
long-running friendship.

Osinbajo’s name has featured frequently
and prominently in the 2023 presidential permutations and many
commentators, pressure and political groups from the North have said
2023 should not be an exit point for the zone.

The vice president is yet to make any comment about running for president.

Meanwhile, Lifestyle News earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has removed the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo from the Economic Management Team with an Economic Advisory Council

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