We didn’t recommend selection for Kyari’s successor - APC state chairmen
- APC state chairmen say they are not angling to help President Muhammadu Buhari chose a new chief of staff
- A media report had suggested the party leaders wanted input into the selection process of the president's top aide
- The party leaders say they are aware it is not within their mandate to be involved on the issue of the president’s chief of staff
Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 36 states and the FCT have refuted a media report claiming that they proposed the party’s national leadership input in the choice of a new chief of staff for President Muhammadu Buhari, following the death of Malam Abba Kyari.
The chairman, Forum of APC chairmen in Nigeria and APC chairman in Borno state, Ali Bukar Dalori, said that the clarification became necessary due to the reports.
According to him, the forum only intended to condole with the president over the death of Kyari and not be dragged into the issue of succession, which is completely outside its mandate.
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“It was erroneously suggested that we recommended the APC national leadership to choose late Abba Kyari’s successor for the president,” he lamented.
He said the forum understands that it is not within its mandate to be involved on the issue of the president’s chief of staff.
He added that the forum was experienced enough to recognize that appointment of a chief of staff is normally the exclusive privilege of the president.
The presidency announced the death of Late Kyari on Friday, April 17 in a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.
In a tribute to his former ally, President Buhari described the Late Kyari as his loyal friend and compatriot for the last 42 years.
The president said in all the years he has known Kyari, “he never wavered in his commitment to the betterment of every one of us.”
Meanwhile, a recent media report suggests that President Buhari is under pressure to split the office of the chief of staff into two as he shops for the replacement of Late Kyari.
According to the report, those pushing for the split recommended the creation of the office of the deputy chief of staff.
There are suggestions that the enormous responsibilities given to a chief of staff are overwhelming with a lot of health implications.
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