UPDATED: Amaechi tipped for SGF as Buhari consolidates grip on power
By Adekunle Adebayo
One week after his re-election, President Muhammadu Buhari is consolidating his grip on power, securing the allegiance of principal stakeholders within the Nigerian society, SAHEL STANDARD reports.
Meanwhile, Rotimi Amaechi may replace Boss Mustapha as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation if feelers from within the presidency is anything to go by.
Ceding the position to South-South is reported to be part of President Buhari’s plan to form a more inclusive government in his second term.
Checks by this newspaper showed that beyond the protestations and legal action by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and her allies, Buhari has remained largely unshaken with the country proceeding on business as usual one week after.
Already, principal stakeholders have started to endorse Buhari’s re-election from across the six geo-political zones.
For example, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Sa’ad Abubakar announced a surprised endorsement followed by a visit of the National Council of Traditional Rulers to the State House in Abuja.
Traditional rulers from all over the states converged on Abuja and described the re-election of Mr President as in the best interest of the polity.
All the powerful regional traditional rulers were in attendance. The president in turn announced that he is welcoming the royal fathers to the next level, his campaign slogan in the just concluded polls.
The President also secured expected support of the Arewa Consultative Forum who came with their top members to rally support for their son who secured huge support from the 19 northern states covered by the ACF.
Three major national leaders who have also endorsed his re-election bid include: General Olusegun Obasanjo, General Ibrahim Babangida and General Theophilus Danjuma, signaling a measure of rapprochement with the President.
It would be recalled that former President Babangida had issued a statement in which he did not only congratulated the President but also urged his challenger Atiku Abubakar to concede defeat.
While General Danjuma, who is embittered over activities of Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt has not issued any statement, reports indicated that plans are afoot to placate the former Army Chief with a PDP victory in Taraba state. Danjuma is from Taraba and the state governor is his political son.
Aside the unexplained obeisance of powerful national forces, Buhari has also retained a reinforced loyalty of the military and security forces.
Insiders revealed that Buhari and his allies are in full control of national security apparatus manned by his committed loyalists.
Meanwhile, feelers from inside the administration indicated that Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi has been tipped as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The minister, who was the Director-General of Buhari’s campaign organisation two times, is reportedly billed to play enhanced role as the SGF, a position that is primed to truly serve as the coordinating point for activities of all ministers.
The president is said to be determined to compensate the South-South for their support and crucial roles of her children in the government. It is, however not clear if Amaechi is interested in the new office.