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Politics of Wednesday, 1 November 2023


Tinubu appoints prominent Peter Obi’s supporter as Special Assistant, Ogunlesi, others react

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Marcus-Obiene Fernandez, special assistant on justice sector reforms and ICT/digital and innovative technology.

A list of the appointees was seen by on Tuesday, October 31.

A report by Premium Times also noted Fernandez' appointment.

Obiene’s appointment has generated reactions from Nigerians who have questioned why he accepted the role after strongly antagonising President Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

For example, Tolu Ogunlesi, ex-aide to former president, Muhammadu Buhari, wrote on X (formerly Twitter): "Leading Obidient @thefernist appointed Special Assistant to the President on Justice Sector REFORMS And ICT/Digital and Innovative Technology, and the first REFORM he embarks upon is a reform of his Twitter handle: locking account and feverishly deleting tweets."

Fernández supported the Labour Party (LP) and Peter Obi during the February 2023 election. Supporters of Obi are popularly called 'Obidients'.

Meanwhile, observed that the new government appointee has protected his tweets and deleted his old tweets.