Ebun Francis || The Presidency on Monday rubbished the insinuations making the round in some quarters that the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has outperformed President Muhammadu Buhari since the President started his extended medical vacation.
Babafemi Ojudu, The Special Adviser to the President on Political matters described such assertion as a ploy by the opposition to cause an unnecessary division.
Ojodu who spoke to state house correspondents said President and Osinbajo enjoy a joint ticket and they were both elected based on APC’s manifesto which they have been implementing since their inauguration.
According to him, “The same people who said we never had an economic team, no policy, nothing are the ones saying this.
“It is now that the policies we are implementing are maturing and they are seeing the result. It is not a question of one person being better than the other person.
“There is nothing that has been done since the Vice-President started acting that is not something that started far back in the past. A good example is the Niger Delta initiative.
“The President called the Vice-President and said ‘I am giving you the mandate, go into the Niger Delta and meet with everyone who is a stakeholder, all the communities, talk to the militants and make sure you solve this problem for the benefits of Nigerians.’
“We are losing 1.2 million barrels of oil per day, all the gas pipelines powering the turbines are being blown up. And the President has said unless and until we resolve this problem we will not get out of recession. The VP took up the mandate and went to the Niger Delta, it is the initiative of Mr. President not that of the Vice-President.
“These are mischief makers, those who do not wish this country well, who are always promoting crisis, who will not allow the people to benefit from this democracy. They are the ones promoting this kind of divisive tendencies.”