Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reacted to media report that emanated after President Muhammadu Buhari left him out of the economic team which was hitherto headed by him (Osinbajo) and also ordered him to report his activities in agencies he superintends to him (Buhari).
Following from the developments media reports have suggested a cold war between the pair with this insinuation drawing the comment of the vice president via his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.
Akande in a statement he released wrote: “This is obviously misleading and aims only to plant seeds of discord in the Presidency while attempting to create unnecessary national hysteria.
“The agencies in question are established by law and the vice president has always insisted on due compliance with the enabling statutes and other established regulations. “Depending on the particular scope of activity in question, agencies may require management approval only, at the level of the Director-General or Chief Executive Officer.
“In this category falls the great majority of their day-to-day activities. “However, other activities, or procurements, with value exceeding a certain threshold, require Board approval.
“These may get to the agency Board chaired by the Vice President.
“In a few cases where presidential approval is required, the Director-General must seek such approval from the President, through the vice president.
“These rules have always guided the activities of statutory agencies and the ones under the vice president’s supervision have always been so guided.”
Akande said that to claim that in the first term of the Buhari administration, agencies of government had not been complying with the provisions (of getting final approvals from the president) was false.