Hopes of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, emerge the new chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, seems to have waned following concerns among the Villa cabal over his penchant for disloyalty to his principals.
But while the Kingibe’s fortunes has taken a nosedive, Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and longtime Buhari loyalist is likely to occupy the influential vacant following the recent death of Abba Kyari who served as chief of staff since August 2015.
A source in the Villa told Pointblanknews.com that the scheming for who occupies the top position has resulted in an intense battle of wits between the First Lady, Aisha Buhari and the Cabal, led by Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura.
Besides Kingibe and Adamu, the search for Kyari’s replacement had also seen the likes of former military administrator of Lagos Gen Buba Marwa ,and Isa Funtua, feature in the list of possible candidates for the top seat.
Pointblanknews gathered that a former Minister of Interior, Gen Abdulrahman Dambazzau was also given a look-in for the job. Another retired General whose name could not be ascertained at the time of this report has also made the list.
However, a Villa source who spoke on the race for the office said a major sin counted against Kingibe was his propensity for betraying persons he worked with politically. The source however noted that Adamu who has been a close ally of Buhari for decades is likely to get the position.
Adamu who hails from Azare, Bauchi State, is renowned as the closest minister to Buhari. Before his appointment as minister, in 2015, he was the secretary of Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential transition committee.
“It might land on Adamu Adamu. Scheming still on. Kingibe was dropped because Buhari and those around him felt he is a betrayer. He betrayed Chief MKO Abiola and President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. Kingibe abandoned Abiola whom he ran with as Vice President, during the June 12 struggle and leaked information about Yar’Adua’s sickness to the media,” the source stated.
Meanwhile it was gathered that the First Lady, Aisha Buhari is bent on asserting her authority in the Villa as she moves to block the Daura-led cabal from dictating affairs in the Buhari Presidency.
Sources told Pointblanknews.com that while Buhari is concluding his choice of Adamu as CoS, Aisha is ensuring that she blocks the Daura and his Cabals who are bent on foisting Kingibe or one of them as the Chief of Staff.
Aisha and Daura, who is the most influential non-elected figure in the Buhari Presidency have been at dagger drawn over who calls the shots in the Villa.
While Daura is renowned for having the President’s hear, the First Lady, feeling slighted that she does not enjoy as much influence over affairs in her husband’s administration has been kicking against Daura continued stay in the Villa.
The matter had gotten to a head when Aisha was seen in a video which went viral on social media lamenting that she was being denied access to her apartment in the Villa. In the video, Aisha who was addressing one of Daura’s daughters, Fatima, accused her father of denying her assess to her apartment.
But Fatima who recorded the video, accused the President’s wife of attacking her inside the Presidential Villa in Abuja.