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Nigerians Attacks Akin Alabi For Saying ‘Chief Of Staff’ Is More Powerful Than ‘Vice President’

Akin Alabi stated that the Chief of Staff is more powerful than the Vice President in a presidential system of government.

The lawmaker representing Oyo State’s Egbeda/Ona Ara Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Akin Alabi says that in a presidential system of government such as in the United States and Nigeria, the post of the Chief of Staff is more powerful than that of the Vice President.

The APC lawmaker was reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s signing of the Deep Offshore (and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contract) Act in London, where he is currently on “private visit.”

His Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, had taken the document to him on Monday, leading to speculations that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has been sidelined.

Many social media users have criticized Kyari, accusing him of usurping the powers of Osinbajo.

Reacting to this, Akin Alabi stated that the Chief of Staff is more powerful than the Vice President in a presidential system of government. He tweeted:

“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. The Vice President has been excellent performing his constitutional duties and the ones assigned to him.

“If the President decides NOT to see Vice President Osinbajo as a PA, which I don’t think he should, then I’m 100% in support of that. I understand the political agenda of the noisemakers but anyone ready to learn should learn.

“I don’t know whether there are problems between the Chief of 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.”

His tweet caused division as twitter users argued over who is more powerful between the Chief of Staff and the Vice President. Many Nigerians took exception to his tweet, describing it as a false narrative.

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