Federal lawmaker and owner of NairaBet, Oloye Akin Alabi has said that the position of a chief of staff is more powerful than the vice president in a presidential system of government.
Akin Alabi, House of Representatives member representing Egbeda/Ona federal constituency, weighed in on the criticism that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari travelled with a bill to London for Buhari’s assent.
Alabi clarified that in a presidential system of government as practiced in Nigeria, the position of the Chief of Staff is more powerful than that of the Vice President.
Recall that Kyari presented the amendedDeep Offshore Act to Buhari in Londonon Monday.
However, the lawmaker insisted that the Chief of Staff is the assistant President.
In a series of tweets, Alabi pointed out that the Vice President is “merely a stand-in for the president.”
In a few tweets on Tuesday, the Reps member said it just constitutional.
Read what he tweeted below:
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.