The presidency has dismissed news making rounds about the sidelining o the Vice President Osinbajo from Handling some key official roles.
This followed the President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration of an Economic Advisory Team (EAC) to replace the Economic Management Team (EMT).
However, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Thursday presided over the monthly National Economic Council (NEC) at the State House in Abuja.
Confirming the latest development, Osinbajo’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, said NEC is the constitutional body that advises the President on the coordination of the economic affairs of the country.
Akande confirmed that state governors, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor and some members of the Federal Executive Council all attended the meeting.
“NEC is the constitutional body that advises the President on the coordination of economic affairs of the Nigerian federation.”
While the EMT was headed by Osinbajo, the newly constituted EAC would report directly to the President.
Speaking as a guest on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Wednesday, Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said all that the president had done particularly this week was just to “tweak governance and get the best for Nigerians.”
“The Vice President is the number two man in the country. the new economic advisory body can also relate with the Vice President as necessary.
“It’s just some Nigerians who want to drive a wedge between the President and the VP, that read meanings into everything and insinuate but there’s no need for that,” Adesina said.
Adesina also maintained that the Presidency remains one and that there’s been a lot of suspicion and of inferences which are only aimed at driving a wedge between the President and the Vice President.