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Presidential Villa Crisis: Osinbajo Presides Over NEC Meeting

Funsho Akinwale

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday was directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to preside over the National Economic Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The decision of the President to have Osinbajo conduct the weekly meeting in spite of his presence has laid to rest the rumor of a smeared relationship between the vice president and his principal.

Reports are rife that members of perceived cabals around the president are working tirelessly to edge out Osinbajo from taking key decisions in the seat of power.

As a result of this, some agencies under the close watch of Osinbajo have been taken over by close aides of the president.

His removal on Tuesday as the head of the economic team has also become a major discourse in the polity with the opposition party, PDP, expressing concern over the power tussle at play in the presidential Villa.

A dependable source in the villa disclosed that some aggrieved cabals in the Presidency were bitter about roles Osinbajo played when he stood in for Buhari, while the president was in the United Kingdom for medical leave.

One of such roles according to our source was the emergence of Walter Onnoghen as the substantive Chief Justice of the Federation and the removal of Lawal Daura as the Director-General of the Department of State Services

The idea of the Vice President presiding over the Federal Executive Meeting was a brilliant move by President Buhari to indicate that all is well in the villa, our source added.