By Andrew Onyejuruuwa
“One thing about governance is that the first mandate was for four years and it lapses on May 29, and shortly before May 29, the president is likely going to officially dissolve government, that is the way it is usually done – he says thank you to everybody he has called to work with him and then, he dissolves that government officially. Then when he is inaugurated for a second term, he now reconstitutes government. He appoints his personal aides; he forms the cabinet; he appoints people to fill other positions.” This was a recent statement credited to the spokesman of re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr. Femi Adesina. He spoke with Arise TV.
Buhari who was declared winner of the February 23, 2019 presidential elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the next four years, according to Adesina, is expected to dissolve the federal executive council ahead of his May 29, 2019 inauguration for a second term in office. However, his main challenger and former Vice President to General Olusegun Obasanjo, Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has inaugurated a team of legal luminaries to challenge the result of the elections, which was marred by irregularities.