Meet 4 Obasanjo Loyalists that will be influential in Buhari’s Government

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Tension deepens over the supposed Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list as less than two weeks left to his inauguration as the President of Nigeria.

Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo plays a great role in emerging Muhammadu BuhariNigeria’s president-elect.

The first step on his way to assist Buhari was the lunch of the autobiography “My Watch” in Lagos in December 9, 2014.

Parts from the book have made much attention, as they have seriously criticized President Jonathan and the faintness in his government.

Secondly, Obasanjo publicly endorsed former military ruler.

He expressed his support during the launch of his widely discussed autobiography in Kenya.

Obasanjo wondered: “Why shouldn’t I support him (Buhari)?”

Later former president denied this endorsment, noting that his wish is to see Nigeria headed by a strong president.

OBJ finally decided to part his ways with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), when shred his membership card to pieces.

Reacting to this move, Nigerians said that PDP ship is going down.

So these 4 politician who were loyal to Obasanjo will probably influence Buhari in governing Nigeria.

1. Atiku Abubakar

Obasanjo ‘People’ In Buhari’s Government

Atiku served as the elected Vice-President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, under the platform of the PDP with President Olusegun Obasanjo.

He dumped the ruling party for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) with a vow to assist his new party win polls in 2015 across the country.

General Buhari beat polled 3,430 of 7,214 votes cast while Atiku Abubakar polled 954 during the party primaries. But Buhari paid a secret visit to former VP immediately after the winning his presidential bid. He seeks support for coming polls.

2. Nasir El-Rufai

Obasanjo ‘People’ In Buhari’s Government

Nasir El Rufai served as Minister of Abuja Federal Capital Territory from 16 July 2003 to 29 May 2007 during the Obasanjo’s government.

During the last days of the Obasanjo administration, the former EFCC Chairman described El-Rufai as the “de facto No. 2 official”, classifying him with the role of a VP. It is considered that Obasanjo’s trust and confidence in El-Rufai angered a vast number of the political elite within the country.

El-Rufai won the April 11 Kaduna gubernatorial poll  by a landslide victory, scored a total of 1,117,635 votes.

3. Chukwuma Charles Soludo

Obasanjo ‘People’ In Buhari’s Government

There were reports that the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Professor Charles Soludo,may have been proposed as the minister of finance in the Buhari administration by the ex-president Obasanjo.

He was a member of the economic team for the Obasanjo administration before became the governor of the CBN.

4. Oby Ezekwesili

Obasanjo ‘People’ In Buhari’s Government

Different reactions trail the photo from the album launch of  former president book launch to whether Obasanjo was supposed to be as intimate to  former federal Minister of Solid Minerals and former Federal Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili.

Obiageli Ezekwesili, who also is co-founder of BringBackOurGirls group, is predicted with returning to the government as minister of education.

Alongside with the president-elect Ezekwesili made the list of the 100 most influential people.

Source: Naij