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Atiku’s Running Mate Shifts Camp; Becomes Presidential Aide


Indications emerged on Tuesday that Senator Ben Obi, one of  the perceived core loyalists of former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar might have dumped him for the Goodluck Jonathan camp.

Obi who was Atiku’s running mate when he contested the presidential election on the Action Congress’ platform in 2007 was one of the newly appointed Special Advisers sworn-in by the President on Tuesday. He became the Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs.

After the 2007 election, Obi remained with a key member of Atiku Abubakar’s political camp and he emerged as the Director-General of the Atiku Campaign Organisation before the PDP presidential primaries in 2011. .

Other new Special Advisers sworn-in were Ahmed Gulak, the Director of Mobilisation for Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation who became Political Adviser to the President, Dr Mariam Ali, wife of Dr. Ahmadu Ali, the former National Chairman of the PDP, who was sworn-in as Special Adviser on Inter-Governmental Affairs, as well as Professor Tamunopriye Agiobenebo of the University of Port Harcourt who was sworn-in as the Vice President’s Adviser on Economic Matters.
While charging the new Advisers to bring their experiences to bear in the discharge of their duties, President Goodluck Jonathan said “you are coming on board to join others to effect the necessary changes that will improve on the lives of our people. Three of you are brought in to strengthen the political activities of the country and one brought in to strengthen the economic activities of the country and these are the pillars of any country. For you to build the economy you must have a solid political base and we have been working hard on the economic front. But, we must also consolidate the political base otherwise; no one will want to invest in a country where there is banana peel everywhere. We must build a solid political base for the economy to thrive”.


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