By Junior Otabono
Ahead of the May 29 hand over date when the new administration of President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari takes the reins, there have been speculations about political appointments and position.
The question of who takes over the job of the outgoing Dr. Reuben Abati as the Special Adviser on Media to the incoming government has been attracting a lot of interest.
After much scrutiny by the ExpressNG editorial team, we bring a list of the top five candidates who may get the job of the mouth-piece of the newly elected regime of the All Peoples Congress (APC).
“Oh, I have no doubt that General Buhari is set to create an upset in Nigeria’s political configuration,” this was the prediction on ace journalist and publisher of Ovation Magazine, Dele Momodu.
Known for his brutal words, Momodu who gunned for the number one seat on the platform of the Labour Party in 2011 would no doubt stand out if given the ‘megaphone’ to speak for Gen. Buhari.
Henry Dele Alake is a Nigerian journalist, activist and technocrat recognized as one of the heroes of Nigeria’s democracy.
He was a former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State between 1999 – 2007 under the then Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He got involved in active politics in Nigeria as the communication advisor and confidant of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola the acclaimed winner of the annulled June 12 presidential election in Nigeria in 1993.
In December 2014, Dele Alake resurfaced in national politics in Nigeria through its appointment as the Director of Media and Communication of the The Buhari Campaign Organisation to help Nigeria’s former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari to victory in the presidential election in Nigeria in February 2015.
Alake has been tipped as the next spokesman of the incoming government.
Mallam Garba Shehu
Mallam Garba Shehu, veteran journalist and former newspaper editor.
Shehu hit stardom after he was picked as media director of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organization. As an orator, Shehu did not disappoint. He was running neck-at-neck with his controversial PDP counterpart, Femi-Fani Kayode. He may be elevated into the presidency to be captained by Gen. Buhari.
“I am a Muhammadu Buhari man to the core. I have written that I can follow him into battle blindfolded, and that if he is 120 years old, blind in one eye, bent double on his walking stick, and with two teeth left in his mouth, as long as he is mentally sound, I would support him foe the leadership of our country,” this was the submission of veteran journalist and MD of The Sun Newspaer, Femi Adesina.
Known for his ardent support for the Daura-general, Adesina who doubles as President of the Nigeria Guild of Editors is no doubt a worthy material for the post of Presidential spokesman.