The lawmaker representing Egbeda/Ona federal constituency, Akin Alabi, has reacted to the report making round that President Muhammadu Buhari‘s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, travelled with a bill to London for the President’s assent.
Alabi in his view on the situation stated that in a presidential system of government which is practised in Nigeria, the office of the Chief of Staff is more powerful than that of the Vice President.
Recall that Naija News had reported that Kyari travelled to London to present the amended Deep Offshore Act for President Buhari’s assent.
Alabi who took to his Twitter account insisted that the Chief of Staff is the assistant President and the Vice President is “merely a stand-in for the president.”
He wrote: “Whether you like it or not, in a presidential system of government (eg, US, Nigeria), the post of the Chief of Staff is more “powerful” than that of the Vice President. He is the assistant President. The Vice President is a stand-in for the president.”
“It is NOT the duty of the Vice President to take a bill to the president. It’s the job of an assistant. Like the Chief of Staff.”
Alabi stated that the Vice President has been excellent in performing his constitutional duties and the ones assigned to him.
He added that if the President decides not to see Yemi Osinbajo as a PA, he is in support of the decision.
“I don’t know whether there are problems between the Chief if Staff and the Vice President. Maybe there is. It’s politics and it happens everywhere. But with this bill signing issue, there is nothing out of the ordinary for the Chief of staff to bring a document for the president.”