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2019: Northern Elite Rubbishes Osinbajo; Says He Is Nepotistic

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An elite of northern extraction, Dr. Ismaila Farouk has exposed Acting President Yemi Osinbajo as a nepotistic, greedy and unreliable person who is only scheming his way into power come 2019.

Writing from Zamfara State, Dr. Farouk barred the precedents of Osinbajo as one who has smuggled his Yoruba and Redeemed Christian Church of God [RCCG] brothers into the corridors of power.

He narrated how the Acting/Vice President has ambushed key and juicy positions courtesy of the magnanimity of President Buhari’s implicit confidence in him.

Why the narratives? Read the whole details titled “Osinbajo Is No Saint, Consolidating For 2019” below:

Contrary to the widely held belief that Vice President Osinbajo, a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, a senior advocate of Nigeria, and a Professor of law is above board, a forensic analysis of his activities since he assumed office reveals that the VP has consistently abused his office, negating the principles of Federal Character and has systematically favored members of the Redeemed Church and his Yoruba tribe.

A first pointer to what was to become a pattern of this incestuous scheme was the nomination and subsequent appointment of Pastor Okey Enelamah, who was his Deputy and later successor at the RCCG, Banana Island, Lagos. 

Pastor Enelamahs appointment came as a shock to Nigerians because apart from the fact that he was Pastor Osinbajos successor at the Redeemed Church, he neither worked for President Buhari’s victory nor believed in staking for the success of the Nigerian Project. 

Most importantly, Pastor Osinbajo had pushed for the appointment of Pastor Enelamah as Minister of Finance against his benefactor, Bola Tinubu’s choice of Wale Edun. 

While Nigerians were trying to come to terms with the shock of Pastor Enelamahs nomination, VP Osinbajo took a step further in his nepotistic disposition in the setting up of his office and selection of personal staff. 

First, he chose his former colleague at the University of Lagos, Ade Ipaye, who was also his Special Adviser while he was Attorney General of Lagos to serve as his Chief of Staff. Unsurprisingly, Ade Ipaye hails from Ogun State, the VPs State of origin. 

He went on to relocate Laolu Akande, an indigene of Ogun State who was hibernating in New York to serve as his Media Adviser. For his Chief Economic Adviser, he appointed Ambassador Dipeolu also of Yoruba extraction. 

The VP didn’t stop there, of his 10 Principal Officers in his office, 9 are from his Yoruba ethnic group! For a man who was elected to represent the interest of the entire Country, this is embarrassingly tragic indeed. 

It is on record that as Vice President, Atiku Abubakar had a plethora of southerners in his office: Chris Mamah, Onukaba Adinoyi Ojo, Tokunbo Adeola, Dr. Azuh Ndukwe, Phil Agbaso, Dr. Isu, etc. He did not concentrate appointments in his native North East.

While the VP was plotting as to how to corner power for his Yoruba Brethren and RCCG Members, he immediately at the onset of administration instructed Major Agencies of Government to patronize – his Law Firm SimmonsCoopers Partners. 

The Firm had a field day in the Ministry of Justice, NNPC Group, DPR, Ministry of Works, and virtually all the Parastatals in the Ministry of Trade and Investment. Curiously, the Managing Partner of SimmonsCooper, Tunde Irekera, was recently appointed the Director General of the Consumer Protection Council. 

It is instructive to note that Tunde Irekera was the immediate past DG of the CPCs trusted adviser and his Law Firm SimmonsCooper Partners handled all the legal work in the Agency. This, however, didn’t deter the VP from installing his stooge in the Agency.

More curious is the fact that while Pastor Enelamah implemented a major shakeup in the Agencies under his watch, he spared the grossly incompetent Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo, who is a brother in law to the VP.

In their quest to colonize the Ministry of Trade and Investment, the VP appointed another of his stooges,   Yewande Sadiku, of Yoruba extraction as the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission.

The strategy is to appoint her Managing Director of the Bank of Industry so she can build his war chest. Nigerians are watching.

In his quest to perpetuate his ilk in government, the VP has capitalised on the magnanimity of President Buhari’s implicit confidence in him to plant his Yoruba and RCCG Brethren in key agencies of government.

In a calculated attempt to corner the country’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, the VP appointed his long standing crony, Mr. Zeitlin, as the Chairman of the Board of National Sovereign Wealth Fund Investment Authority despite the fact that Mr. Zeitlin was indicted by a New Delhi court in India. 

Not done with having control of the Sovereign Wealth Fund, the VP, in clear contravention of the provisions of the Pension Reform Act 2014, orchestrated the illegal dissolution of the Board of the National Pension Commission and appointed his crony, Funsho Doherty, as Chairman and two RCCG Brothers Benjamin Ovbiosu and Akinwale as Commissioners, in a flagrant violation of the Federal Character Principle which stipulates each Geo-Political Zone must have only one nominee on the Board.

Then again, the VP went ahead to appoint his RCCG Brother Mr. Okoh, a disgraced erstwhile banker as DG of the Bureau of Public Enterprise. It is important to state that the VPs Law Firm had retainership with the defunct New Nigeria Bank while Okoh was its Managing Director. 

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