The presidency has described the recent comparison between President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo as a ploy by the opposition to cause unnecessary division.
Speaking to State House Correspondents on Monday, special adviser political to the President, Babafemi Ojudu clarified that it’s a joint ticket between the president and his vice saying they are implementing the same party manifesto.
According to him” I think it is thoughtless. I also see it as a ploy by the opposition to cause an unnecessary division. It is joint ticket, the president and the vice president were elected based on the manifesto of the party and since they were sworn-in they have been committed to implementing that manifesto.
” The same people who said we never had economic team, no policy, nothing are the ones saying this. It is now the policies we are implementing are maturing and they are seeing the result, is not a question of one person being better than the other person.
He pointed out that there is nothing that has been done since the vice president started acting that is not something that started far back in the past citing the Niger Delta initiative.
” The President called the Vice President and said I am giving you the mandate, go into the Niger Delta meet with everyone who is a stakeholder, all the communities, talk to the militants and make sure you solve this problem for the benefits of Nigerians.
” We are losing 1.2 million barrels of oil per day, all the gas pipelines powering the turbines are being blown up. And the President has said unless and until we resolve this problem we will not get out of recession. The VP took up the mandate and went to the Niger Delta, it is the initiative of Mr. President not that of Vice President.
Ojudu labelled those spreading the falsehood as mischief makers, who do not wish the country well noting that they are always promoting crisis and those who will not allow the people to benefit from this democracy are the ones promoting this kind of divisive tendencies.
Asked if the Acting President has been consulting the President on some major decisions taken recently , he said “Almost on a daily basis, yes. Well, there are things he still needs to consult the President, I mean is not a regular thing but major decisions he still has to consult Mr. President. The president is still the president.
When asked on insinuations that Osinbajo is not in charge, he maintained that the acting president is in charge and reiterated that this is a joint ticket as the president of Nigeria remains the president of Nigeria.
” He is acting because is one and the same. He is more experienced, he has been in the game longer than the vice president and if there are major issues that he needs to take decision on, he could call on him and say Sir, what do you think about this we are about to take decision on it, do you have opinion that does not mean he is not in charge.
When reminded that Nigerians are reacting this way because of the timing of the changes taking place, when the president is on an extended vacation in the UK, he said ‘Again, one other thing you have to see is that if you give someone a responsibility, he must be able to show to Mr. President that despite that he is not being around is not going to create any vacuum.
“He can then decide not to sleep at all, all through the time the president is a way just to show him that he is capable of ensuring that Nigeria goes on well while he is away. And the President could also have given the mandate let nothing go wrong, I believe in you, I appointed you as my Vice President you must make sure that you do this.
” If you have a boss who gives you an assignment you will want to impress him and Nigerians as well and that for me is what has happened. Is not that one person is better than the other, certainly not, He stated.