…As Edun, Bagudu Also Gets Appointments
The President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has pencilled down some crucial allies to fill important positions in his administration.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, is rumored to have been assigned the position of Chief of Staff, CoS, for the President-elect, Tinubu, who will assume office as the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29.
CompassNG gather that alongside other well-known names, now being mentioned for various posts, Tinubu’s former Commissioner of Finance, while he held sway as governor of Lagos State, Wale Edun, and the governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, are rumored to be under consideration for important positions in the incoming administration.
Sources in the President-elect’s camp confirmed the appointment, with Gbajabiamila already discharging his duties as the CoS.
Rt. Hon Gbajabiamila is said to have resumed unofficially, scheduling Tinubu’s activities and itineraries ahead of the May 29 inauguration.
The source revealed, “He, Gbajabiamila, has technically resumed with him in Paris, and they are trying to work out process and plans.”
Furthermore, it was also revealed that Asiwaju Tinubu has appointed Edun and Bagudu into his economic team, which he considered a critical sector requiring attention immediately he assumes office.
The source continued, “Edun is supposed to be the coordinator of the economy, either as Finance Minister or the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. It is not clear yet what his plans are for Bagudu. But he has also been penciled down and he is going to be operating at a very high and serious level in the administration.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, has said that the incoming administration of Asiwaju Tinubu will decide the date fuel subsidy will be removed.
APC PCC spokesman, Festus Keyamo, revealed this on Sunday, disclosing that the next government would determine the terminal date for the subsidy regime.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, recently said the country was spending over N400 billion monthly on petroleum subsidy, which it argued is largely unsustainable.
Keyamo said in a statement on Sunday that he had no doubt that the Tinubu administration would stop subsidy payments in accordance with the Buhari administration’s plan.
Keyamo advised that the former governor of Lagos State should be left alone to pick the date which he would like to carry it out, since government is a continuous process.
The PCC spokesman also added that the Federal Government has decided on June 2023 as the formal end date for fuel subsidies, because the budget did not include the subsidy beyond that time.
He had stated, “It is one of the policies by which we campaigned. I cannot sit here and tell you when exactly it will be done. But the removal of subsidies is something that the President-elect pledged to do. Not only him. Virtually all the leading presidential candidates took the same position.
“Why the FG targeted June (to end subsidy) was that the budget only provided for subsidy up to June. That was the reason. But the new government will decide when it wants to, of course, you know that when a new government takes over, the country is at its beck and call. Yes, I agree that government is a continuum. But all policies are not a continuum.”