The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has rejected Femi Gbajabiamila, named James Faleke, as its preferred choice for the position of Chief of Staff in the incoming administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed.
The President of the group, Yerima Shettima, made this known in a statement on Sunday.
Arewa youths revealed its reasons for narrowing down to Faleke, describing him as a very loyal associate of the President-elect.
The group said: “Hon James Faleke is a very loyal Tinubu supporter and associate who has proven to be reliable as ambassador to the President-elect any day.
“Nigeria has had serious challenges caused by the communication gap between the President, ministers, and even State governors. This is an opportunity for the President-elect to get someone with good skills in managing the relationship between him, officials of government, and the rest of the Nigerians
“Faleke, being a highly-experienced lawmaker can build a very cordial relationship between the Executive and legislative arms of government in the new dispensation.
“Honorable Faleke represents the new generation of Nigerian political class, politically savvy and intellectually vibrant. We are in a new, ideas-driven world and Nigeria’s Presidency, therefore, needs a Chief of Staff in tune with the modern system of democratic governance.”
The group expectation that Tinubu is currently fully aware of the consequences of past mistakes in the choices of Chiefs of Staff and would “not allow a repeat of the inglorious past.”
The AYCF added: “In view of the foregoing, we urge the President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu to make sure he makes an informed choice of his Chief of Staff with loyal, proactive progressive and hale and hearty parliamentarian like Hon James Faleke.”