In what is gradually turning out to be part of the evolving style of the federal administration, a decision with far reaching implications has just been made.
As usual, the President, Muhammadu Buhari is away from the country, attending a United Nations General Assembly meeting at this time.
But at home, under the watch of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, a minor cabinet reshuffle has taken place.
The Minister of State in the Ministry of the Niger Delta, Festus Keyamo, SAN was re-assigned to the Ministry of Labour and Productivity.
He is now to be replaced in the Ministry of Niger Delta by a man from the South West zone, Senator Tayo Alasoadura.
Recall that the President was in Japan when the Board of the NDDC was sent packing.
While he was out of the country in the United Kingdom, the head of the Department of State Security Services was ousted from office.
Now that he is out again, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has been moved to another ministry.
The picture that is emerging suggest that any time the President moves out, either the Vice President as acting President or the Secretary to the Federal Government takes far reaching decisions that are irrevokable.
Observers are following behind-the-scene moves in the administration seem to suggest that the fight over 2023 may have begun.
It is like a game of chess and the cabals that are fighting for power and control within the present administration are moving their chess men in search of political checkmates.
What impact this is likely to have on the future of the APC remains to be seen.
Already, leaders of the party in the 36 states rose from a meeting recently and put down the party’s reward mechanism, describing it as unfair and uninspiring.
They may have spoken for the silent majority within the party who fought all the way to promote the APC before the 2015 victory and stuck out their necks in 2019 to give birth to another resounding victory.
Given what is playing out, it possible to say that the hard knocks which take place when the President is out of the country could part of the larger game which absorbs the President from any act that may affect any of the interest groups within the party.
The implication is that Vice President Osinbajo and now the Secretary to the Federal Government might be the hatchet men of the administration used to implement hard decisions and insulate the President from controversy.
Keyamo, a lawyer and activist was a strong voice during the campaigns on the side of the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
But the new comer from the Niger Delta may be learning new lessons when it comes to politics.
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