Abba Kyari: APC not involved in who becomes next CoS - Issa-Onilu
- APC says it will not influence who becomes President Muhammadu Buhari's next chief of staff after Abba Kyari's death
- Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC spokesperson, said the appointment of chief of staff is at the discretion of the president
- Top Nigerians including Babagana Kingibe, a very powerful politician, have been tipped to succeed Kyari who died due to Covid-19 complication
Amid growing dialogue on who becomes Nigeria's next chief of staff, All Progressive Congress (APC) said it is not concerned about the new man to take over as Abba Kyari's successor.
The ruling party, in a statement by its spokesperson Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the appointment of the chief of staff is within the power of President Muhammadu Buhari, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng notes that since the death of Abba Kyari who passed away due to Covid-19 complications, many top Nigerians have been tipped to occupy his position with Babagana Kingibe, a very powerful politician, leading the race.
Reacting to the insinuation that APC may have some influence on the next CoS, the ruling party's national publicist said the party will not be involved.
He warned against the politicisation of the position while also maintaining that it is the president who has the right to choose who he wants.
“The office of a Chief of Staff is not a statutory position. That position is that of a personal aide to the President. The office, the power and authority as well as the duties and responsibilities of the person that occupies position is determined solely by the President.
“The party is not involved and will not be involved in the appointment. We understand perfectly that the appointment of Chief of Staff is at the discretion of the President.
"It is the President who knows what he wants from the person he wants to appoint, so it does not concern anybody or the party," Issa-Onilu.
On the insinuation that the position may be influenced by some political bigwigs, the APC spokesperson said: “People are just making a mountain out of a Molehill. Why should anybody or the party influence who to chose?”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Lagos state government has disclosed that Abba Kyari, Nigeria's late chief of staff, died in a private 'designated high care, biosecurity-compliant' hospital known as First Cardiology Consultants located in Ikoyi.
Speaking on Saturday evening, April 18, Lagos state health commissioner, Akin Abayomi, made the confirmation and further added that the disclosure was expedient following inquiries from concerned Nigerians.
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