Indications have emerged that former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola’s current political travails have been linked to the prospect of him being appointed as Chief of Staff (CoS) by President Muhammadu Buhari, a development that has made the Senior Advocate of Nigeria to come under intense political fire in recent times.
According to Sunday Tribune, there had been high-level intrigues over the appointment of the Chief of Staff to the President, following the emergence of Fashola as one of those whose names have come up for the top position, which has remained vacant almost three months into the administration of President Buhari despite the fact that the occupant does not need Senate confirmation.
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Information gathered also disclosed that the former Lagos governor’s profile had risen before the president in the build-up to the 2015 general election to an extent that Buhari would have considered him for the position of vice-president, if he had to solely make the choice.
It was learnt that the president’s trust for Fashola was demonstrated when he took the former governor on the trip to the G7 meeting in Germany, a development which was said to have angered some leaders of the party who saw Fashola as “arrogant and a threat.”
However, a reliable source in the APC has revealed that one of the wrong doings being counted against Fashola, which led to the hate campaign against him, is his decision to “challenge the powers that be in Lagos State politics” by seeking to produce his successor in office prior to the 2015 governorship election.
Meanwhile, those who crave for the Cos post apart from Fashola include; Ambassador Babagana Kingibe; a former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Abdurahman Dambazzau and a former Military Administrator, Colonel Ahmid Ali.