Some aides of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who were unceremoniously relieved of their duties late last year, have been recalled by the Presidency.
A report by Independent revealed that instead of returning to their previous posts in Aso Rock, the aides have been redeployed to various ministries where they were assigned new roles by the supervising ministers.
Speaking on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, one of the affected aides of Osinbajo, said some of them were recalled in December 2019 while some also got redeployed in January 2020.
“We have all been recalled but not to our former posts,” the source is quoted anonymously by the newspaper.
“We have all been redeployed to ministries and we will be reporting to the ministers. We are no longer under the Office of the Vice President.
“It is not what we expect but it is better than what happened before when our appointments were terminated abruptly.
“Some of us were recalled late last year while some of us got our letters in January this year. I have since returned to Abuja and resumed in my ministry.”
Another of the affected aides, who also spoke on the matter, said it took a serious intervention from prominent Nigerians before they were recalled.
“It was just divine because we have all lost hope,” the unnamed source was quoted.
“The media also did not help matters as they were reporting that there is a rift between the vice president and the president and he may resign or be impeached.
“But we thank God for his grace and the intervention of eminent Nigerians including our then-boss, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who really fought for us to be recalled. I have also resumed in a ministry”, she said.
Sacked Osinbajo Aides
The report said when Independent contacted some ministries, some top officials confirmed that some of the affected aides are in the ministry.
A top official in the Ministry of Information and Culture said, “Yes, some of them are with us here. They resumed in January this year”.
Another top official in the Ministry of Transport also confirmed that some of the affected aides were redeployed to the ministry.
The names of the affected aides are Ajibola Ajayi, daughter of former governor of Oyo State, Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi. She was appointed Special Assistant (Legal) to the President (VP’s Office) in August 2019.
She was a former SA to the President on Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, (VP’s office), from October 2015 to May 2019.
Hattip to Independent