- A fresh controversy might ensue within the All Progressives Congress (APC) due to the latest appointment of the President Bola TInubu-led administration
- Kashim Shettima recently appointed Hakeem Baba-Ahmed as his special adviser on political affairs
- Hakeem is the elder brother of the vice-presidential running mate of the Labour Party during the 2023 election, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed
His appointment surprised many as he has been a strong critic of the APC-led administration over the years.
Baba-Ahmed's appointment was made known on Monday, September 18, via a social media post on X, formerly Twitter.
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"It is time to make it public that I have accepted the call to serve as Special Adviser (Political) to the VP, @KShettim.
"This is not the time for fence-sitting or criticism when you can be useful in turning the country round. I am honored and humbled. Please pray for me & Nigeria"
Hakeem and Datti's family ties in Shettima's web
The appointment of Baba-Ahmed might likely raise eyebrows as he is the elder brother of Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, the Labour Party presidential running mate of Peter Obi, a political rival of the APC and Tinubu.
The LP is currently challenging the APC's victory during the last presidential election in court.
Mamman, until his appointment, was the Vice Chancellor of the famous Baze University, Abuja, owned by Yusuf Datti.
Tinubu appoints Muri-Okunola, Yakasai, 14 others as aides
In another development, Tinubu appointed Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the Lagos State Head of Service, as his principal secretary.
The 51-year-old lawyer would reunite with Tinubu years after they worked together in Lagos state.
In 2001, Tinubu appointed him as a special assistant during his stint as governor of Lagos.
Tinubu also appointed several other special assistants recently including Tanko Yakasai, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, and Moremi Ojudu.