Former president Olusegun Obasanjo seems to have taken up a supervisory role in the incoming Buhahari administration.
The president-elect appears to trust Obasanjo a lot and is relying on him for advice on prospective ministerial appointments.
Close aides asked Buhahari why he trusts a crooked man like Obasanjo so much, and the president-elect said that Obasanjo had entrusted him with senior roles in the past under military rule, including bringing him into the ruling Supreme Military Counil, appointing him a General Officer Commanding (GOC) a division in Borno, and so on. Buhahari said that this was the time to repay Obasanjo and that the former president is a man who has led the country as a soldier and a civilian – just like Buhahari will do.
Obasanjo is using his increasing influence to reward old friends and settle old scores.
It is widely accepted that the Secretary to the Federal Government in the new adminstration would come from the southeast. The Rivers State governor and APC financier Rotimi Amaechi is keen on the role. But Obasanjo has told Buhahari that Amaechi is a cocaine addict and can’t be trusted. Obasanjo said Amaechi is a “mad man who fought his brother (Goodluck Jonathan)” and this meant he was ready to fight anybody, including the incoming president. So Amaechi could not be trusted in a sensitive role.
Another favourite for the post is Chris Ngige. But he and Obasanjo have history from when the former president was on the side of the Uba brothers, who allegedly “kidnapped” Ngige when he was governor of Anambra State.
Obasanjo is pushing for Ogbonnaya Onu, the former governor of Abia State and one-time National Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), to be given the job.
Our source claims that Obasanjo also took former Central Bank governor Charles Soludo to see Buhahari and recommendeded the economist for the finance ministry job. Obasanjo sees Soludo as “his boy” and they have a “master/servant” relationship, with Soludo ever so willing to do whatever pleases “Baba”. Bobo Chicago Bola Tinubu is not pleased about these developments and is increasingly being marginalised by Obasanjo’s moves.
Our source also claims that Buhahari has given Obasanjo a free hand to nominate the southeast’s quota for ministerial appointments, while Bobo Chicago will presumably nominate the ministers from the west.