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Adesina says Eyo-Ita, Kyari not summoned, flays report on automatic ticket for Buhari


The Presidency has described as conjecture, the media report that President Muhammadu Buhari summoned the Head of Service, Winifred Eyo-Ita and Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, over the confrontation between the duo before Wednesday Federal Executive Meeting.

The altercation was believed to be as a result of the leaked memo to Kyari, which stated that the President was aware of the reinstatement of wanted former Chairman of the Pension Reforms Commission, Abdulrasheed Maina, into the Civil Service.

In a telephone chat on the popular “This Morning with Jimi Disu” monitored on Lagos Talks 91.3 FM by The Advocate, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said the report which was widely circulated in the media, was a conjecture of  the writer of the story.

He noted with emphasis that the President didn’t summon them but said Buhari has been speaking to some people on the matter.

“You know there are consultations. Things are going on. I am not talking about it until it matures.”

Presidential attention

When asked if it was actually true that Eyo-Ita actually advised Buhari verbally on the reinstatement, Adesina could not affirm or deny, adding that the matter will soon come to a conclusion.

“The President himself is looking into this matter with the personnel. Until that process is completed and concluded, a Spokesman cannot say anything,” he said.

“If  I begin to say anything now, it prejudices what the President is doing on it.

Knocks for the media

On the planned cabinet reshuffle by the President after promising to appoint more MinisterS and Board Members of Parastatals during the APC NEC meeting, Adesina said it is the prerogative of the President to do so. He however added that that it may mean cabinet reshuffle.

Adesina was not happy with the media over the position of APC governors at the recent NEC meeting of the party regarding the President’s interest ahead of the 2019 election.

“I was at that meeting and I saw everything that happened. When somebody moved a motion that ‘let us have a vote of confidence on the President and his government. a former governor seconded that motion, and he added to that motion that ‘let’s also agree that the President will be our candidate for 2019 election’.

“It was the President who raised his hand and he was making gestures to say ‘please cool it’.

“You could imagine my consternation when I saw the papers the next day. One headline says ‘Governors failed to get automatic ticket for Buhari’.

“I began to ask myself that what is the media becoming in this country? Are they reporting from a different meeting from the one I attended?, ” Adesina querried.