Nigeria News Analysis: Plot To Impeach Osinbajo Heightened
Nigeria News in the last few days have been examining the row between the executive and legislative arms of government.
No doubt, it is becoming clearer that there are cabals working with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo among members of the Federal Executive Council and of course the presidency.
The recent squabbles between the senate and the acting president over confirmation of nominee for the office of Director General of the National Lottery, Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila revealed that the lawmakers were very angry with the presidency.
Osinbajo’s competence is unquestionable and his performance each time President Muhammadu Buhari is away has shown his capability to lead the country out the current economic quagmire.
However, the cabals are not looking in the direction of Osinbajo, their purpose is how to frustrate him so that they can take control of the government in the absence of the ailing president Buhari who is on medical vacation in London for over two months.
Osinbajo was in Addis Ababa on Monday when the idea of making President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki the acting president was thwarted. Though the scenario at the red chamber looked informal, it spoke volume of the thought of an average lawmaker the plot to impeach Osinbajo.
From the onset of this administration, it was gathered that Saraki never wanted Osinbajo as the vice president. It was reported that Saraki once described the acting president as ordinary Lagos State former commissioner and that he might not recognize him as the second in command.
Now that the vice president has since become the acting president with strong indications that he could live to become Nigeria president, going by the deteriorating health condition of Buhari, the cabals are daily strategizing to edge Osinbajo out.
During the week, the senate suspended all issues bordering on confirmation of nominees because Osinbajo had refused to sack the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.
The senate had rejected Magu twice yet the acting president had continued to work with him, saying that he had confidence in him.
Osinbajo went further to tell the senate that the president might not necessarily need to wait for the parliament to confirm some of his nominees before giving them substantive positions.
The senate wanted Osinbajo to retract such statement but instead the acting president went further to affirm his position that nobody could remove Magu as long as he remained the acting president and Buhari remained the president.
Osinbajo said this while inaugurating a zonal office for EFCC, adding that the presidency has confidence in Magu and that the EFCC boss would remain to fight corruption to standstill.
Osinbajo who was represented by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai said that corruption was fighting back and one of its strategies was to remove Magu.
Disturbed by the statement credited to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Mallami, saying that Osinbajo had only expressed his personal view, the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Anti-Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay said such statement ought not to have come from any member of the Federal Executive Council.
Also, public analysts believe that the reactions of the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu that Osinbajo was only expressing personal opinion showed the hands of cabal at work.
At present, findings have revealed that the powerful cabals at the senate have been able to find their ways into the executive arms, creating a larger cliques against the leadership of Osinbajo.
The acting president shows no sign of fear as continues to work assiduously to revamp the economy and stabilize the political tension among some agitated regions of the country.