Tension In Aso Rock, As Buhari Set To Sack SGF, Boss Mustapha, New Replacement Emerges

By Post-Nigeria: May 11, 2019 20:51

Tension In Aso Rock, As Buhari Set To Sack SGF, Boss Mustapha, New Replacement Emerges

Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, has only 17 more days in Office, a Presidency source revealed.

On May 29, when President Muhammadu Buhari will be inaugurated for the last lap of his administration, Mustapha “will most likely quit the stage, due to three fatal errors he committed”, the source stated.

Firstly, Mustapha, despite being the number three Officer in the Executive arm hierarchy, has wittingly ignored overtures to blend with Buhari’s traditional political bloc, the Congress for Progressives Change, CPC.

Secondly, he is being fingered in all the maneuvers that stopped Mahmood Halilu Ahmed Modi, the younger brother of Aisha Buhari, from clinching the Adamawa State APC Governorship ticket.

Thirdly, the SGF’s leaning towards Tinubu, is causing ripples among the Presidency cabal, whose agenda is to retain power in the North, beyond 2023.

In particular, Boss Mustapha’s possible stay as SGF beyond May 29, this year, is regarded as detrimental to the plan; that is why he must get the red card, as Buhari’s first tenure winds up in May.

Not only that, some members of the cabal are of the opinion that Boss’s contribution in the last Presidential election was abysmal, as such he should relinquish the Office of SGF.

Others simply feel that one person should not be allowed to serve in a none elective Office, as exalted as the SGF, for two administrations.

Nasir El-Rufai, the Kaduna State Governor, who is a Chief Strategist for the cabal, and Babachir David Lawal, the former SGF, have along the line, commenced the moves to sideline Tinubu and his cohorts, from the politics of who succeeds Buhari.

Babachir and El-Rufai, made separate comments considered an affront to the ‘Jagaban’, when they each attacked his political interest in the public glare.

Like flying a kite, Babachir had as reported by the mass Media, asserted that the ruling APC is not under any obligation to zone its Presidential ticket to the South-West. He therefore, posited that he was by himself qualified as a Northerner, to vie for the nation’s top job. 

In the same vein, El-Rufai dared and took the battle to Tinubu’s doorsteps, in far away Lagos State, in a clinical move to coach Lagosians on how to strip the APC National Leader of his toga of godfatherism.

To complicate issues for Boss, President Buhari, a source said, “may have given a green light to his wife, Aisha Buhari, to make input in the new government”. 

Just as the Adamawa born Wife of the President, who does not hide her feelings, is up in the game to send Mustapha packing.

It was learnt that the preferred Candidate for the SGF job, is Mohammed Buba Marwa, a former Military Administrator of Lagos.

Plans to that effect, according to an impeccable Presidency source, have been concluded, “especially as Madam (Aisha Buhari) appeared all smiles when she conferred with oga (President Buhari), and offered convincing reasons why Mr. Boss must go”, the source said.

As to the reasons advanced to convince Mr. President, the source stressed: “Only the President and his Wife are in the know. But it seems the Wife of the President would spare nothing to see him off.”

Mustapha’s troubles actually started when he belligerently aligned forces with Jibrilla Bindow, the Governor of Adamawa State, to humiliate the First Lady and her sponsored Candidate, for the Governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State.

“Boss had expressed disdain and contempt for Dr. Mahmood Halilu Ahmed Modi, Aisha Buhari’s younger brother, who challenged Bindow for the APC Governorship ticket”, another source said.

Not only Aisha Buhari, but Babachir Lawal, the former SGF, who alongside Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, recommended Boss to replace him, is also spiting fire; having vowed to teach his kinsman (Boss) a bitter lesson, for daring to cross his path.

Besides Babachir, some key members of the Presidency cabal, who hitherto worked at cross purposes with the First Lady, have now realigned with her, relying on the President’s new body language.

Babagana Kingibe, a former SGF under Abacha, Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President, Mamman Daura, among others, have been reported to be treading with caution now, on Aisha Buhari’s interest.

Marwa’s CPC originality is an added impetus, which is why he was appointed to head the elicit drugs elimination campaign, with the intent of rejigging his popularity ahead of time.

Towards the same objective, Marwa, whose operations statutorily fall under the Office of the SGF, has defiantly operated without recourse to the SGF.

Last week, Marwa held nocturnal meetings in Yola, spanning few days to assure Adamawa Politicians that a new Sheriff was on the verge of emerging.

It is expected that the change of guards which will affect Boss Mustapha, will also consume Officials of Adamawa State APC, who were said to have been handpicked by Boss Mustapha and the outgoing Governor, Bindow.

This is preparatory to how the 2023 politicking will play out in Adamawa State, particularly regarding how Mrs. Buhari will want to leave her name in the annals of the State.

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