3 Top Contenders for Office of the Chief of Staff Revealed As Group Backs Faleke

3 Top Contenders for Office of the Chief of Staff Revealed As Group Backs Faleke

  • The race for wo becomes the next chief of staff is on and the leading candidates are all loyalists of the president-elect
  • One of such loyalist is former Governor Raji Fashola who succeeded Bola Tinubu as Lagos state governor
  • However, some people are of the opinion that James Abiodun Faleke deserves the position more than the other contestants given his loyalty to Tinubu over the years

Over time, the creation of the office of the chief of staff to the president by the then President H.E Olusegun Obasanjo fashioned after the united states of America wherein the occupants are expected to do the biddings of the president, has evolved.

Over the years, the position has become influential and important to the success or failure of any administration in Nigeria.

Tinubu urged to consider Faleke as chief of staff
Tinubu has been urged to consider Faleke as chief of staff. Photo credit: James Faleke
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However, with the emergence of Bola Tinubu of the ruling All Progress Congress (APC) as the president-elect, it has emerged that some of his loyalists are interested in the position.

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In this report, Legit.ng takes a look at these candidates.

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Babatunde Raji Fashola

H.E Babatunde Raji Fashola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and an Economist was the youngest elected governor of Lagos state. Fashola is rumored to be a top contender to this office and loyalist to Mr President Elect.

Fashola held the same position in Lagos state when Mr President Elect held sway as the chief executive of the state.

He went on to become the executive governor of Lagos state from where from where he became a minister.

Femi Gbajabiamila

The next rumored contender, Rt.Hon Femi Gbajabiamila. He is a seasoned legislator, representing Surulere 1 constituency since 2003 till date.

Lawyer by profession, Gbajabiamila has served as speaker of the House of Representatives since 2019.

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Gbajabiamila was the minority leader of the House of Representatives in the 7th National Assembly. He was elected speaker in the 9th assembly, with 283 votes, while his opponent Mohammed Umar Bago, came Second with 78 votes.

James Abiodun Faleke

Last but not the least of the rumored contenders is Rt. Hon James Abiodun Faleke, the immediate past secretary of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.

Faleke represents Ikeja constituency in the Green chamber. He is an acclaimed core loyalist of Bola Tinubu.

He was the pioneer executive secretary of Ojodu LCDA, of Lagos state from 2003-2011. According to reports, due to his qualities of unconditional service he was nominated to represent Ikeja federal constituency at the Green chambers in 2011 and won.

He held sway until 2015 when he ran as the deputy Governor for Kogi state, contrary to widespread expectations his loyalty and commitment to his mentor increased, Leadership Newspaper added.

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Speaking the chances of the three rumoured contenders, D.Eya Ogli-Okorafor, convener; the Progressive Initiatives For The Realization Of 2023 Presidency wrote:

"It will therefore not be an over assumption in line with the reward system assured by Mr President Elect to party faithful’s to see Rt.Hon James Abiodun Faleke's name top the list given his antecedents of loyalty, commitment and hard work which earned him the title 'committed" one by Mr President Elect himself and the Royal blessings of 'omoluabi" by no other than the Revered Oba of Lagos."

Bola Tinubu advised to consider Faleke for chief of staff

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart Hajiya Sa’adatu Garba Dogon Bauchi has urged president-elect Bola Tinubu to appoint Hon. Abiodun Faleke as his chief of staff when he is sworn into office.

Dogon Bauchi, who appealed in an open letter to Tinubu obtained by Leadership, reminded the president-elect that Faleke has been with him for over 30 years of his journey to the presidency.

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She wrote:

“Your Excellency Sir, all those grassroots political support groups, intellectuals and professionals, as well as those who were appointed in the presidential campaign council, will appreciate it if your valuable man in the person of Hon. Abiodun Faleke will take care of the office of the chief of staff.

Source: Legit.ng

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Nnenna Ibeh Nnenna Ibeh is a journalist with over 10 years of experience with various media organisations including Premium Times. Being on the front burner of reporting politics and the different dimensions of governance, she is also passionate about girls' education and women's and children's health. With degrees in Journalism, Peace Studies & Conflict Res., and Dev. Studies, Nnenna has worked in the dev. sector as a communications officer for the Centre for Democracy and Dev. email: ibehnnenna@gmail.com

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