That Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s 35 aides have been sacked by the presidency is in the news.
Be that as it may, the sacked aides names and portfolios have been revealed. Prominent on the list of the affected aides is Ajibola Ajayi, the daughter of former governor of Oyo state, Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi. She was appointed Special Assistant, Legal to the President (VP’s office) in August 2019.
She was a former SA to the President on Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE (VP’s office) from October 2015 to May 2019. Also on the list are Lanre Osinbona, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on ICT; Imeh Okon, SSA on Infrastructure; Jide Awolowo, SA, Oil & Gas; Gambo Manzo, SA Political and Edobor Iyamu, SSA, Niger Delta.
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The vice president reportedly had over 80 aides who were deployed in many strategic positions, with sources around the corridors of power saying the recent attention around the vice president was aimed at reducing his influence.
A presidency source said letters relieving the aides of the vice president of their appointments were issued to those affected on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019.
We gathered that the affected aides were attached to different Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Sources told us that; “The letters were distributed to the affected aides through the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. They were not working within the precinct of the presidential villa.”
Sources added that; “The vice president has retrieved the sack letters from the affected aides. He is unhappy with the development and awaiting the return of the president from the United Kingdom.”
Sources said the vice president wanted to know whether the 35 aides were relieved of their appointments on the order of the president.
“I have spoken to one of the affected persons who confirmed that the sack letters have been retrieved by their boss.”
We were told that access tags to the presidential villa of some of the aides of the vice president were retrieved by security personnel attached to the villa.
Contacted, the Senior Special Assistants to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu and Mr. Laolu Akande who normally spoke on behalf of the vice president, neither confirmed nor dismissed the reported sack of the 35 aides.
A text message sent to our correspondent by Shehu reads:
“The SGF has responsibility for the issuance of letters of appointment, and where the need arises, sack letters as well. Please meet him with your questions.”
On his part, Akande said; “I just heard it just like anybody. But I’m going to find out what is happening.”
– Source: Daily Trust