Following his loss at the just concluded National Assembly elections, former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has made fresh moves to replace the current Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.
A source at the Presidency, revealed that Senator Akpabio in the last 48 hours, has had a couple of meetings with close confidants of the President Muhammadu Buhari, and other top Officials, to discuss the move.
Akpabio is proposing that should the President appoint him, a Christian from the core Southern part of Nigeria, into such a sensitive Office, the current notion that Mr, President is shielded by a cabal controlling the affairs of the State, will die a natural death.
Akpabio is expected to tie the knots on that appointment with President Buhari, as the President is scheduled to visit Akwa Ibom State, on Monday, March 4, 2019, on a thank you tour, where he will have a Town Hall meeting with a cross section of people from all walks of life.
The Presidential advanced team have already checked into Bexco Hotel and Suites, 24, Abel Damina Avenue, Osongama Estate, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
The Presidential source revealed that part of the Akpabio’s plan, is to use the Town Hall parley, in Uyo, to instigate the audience to call for the redeployment of current top Staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the State, which should pave way for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to take over the oil rich State.’
Abba Kyari was appointed Chief of Staff to the President, on 27th August, 2015. He was preceded by Brig.-Gen Jones Oladehinde Arogbofa, and Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, who both served under President Goodluck Jonathan.