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Lobby Begins for Gulak’s Job

President Goodluck Jonathan has commenced search for a replacement of Ahmed Gulak who was removed from office days ago as the Political Adviser.
Gulak is from Adamawa state in the North-east geo political zone and pressures are on that his replacement should come from his zone, although THISDAY gathered that the President is thinking otherwise.
A State House source has confirmed to THISDAY that the President is seriously considering presenting one of three short-listed candidates as his next Special Adviser on Politics.
The presumed short listed candidates are: Akilu Ndabawa – former Special Adviser Political to President Jonathan when he was the Vice-president and currently Assistant Secretary of the National Conference in charge of Conference proceedings. He was also a former Youth leader of PDP.
The other two are Senator Ben Obi, the current Special Adviser (SA) to the President on Inter-Party Relations, and Chief Obi Aguocha, the former Coordinator of the PDP National Solidarity March.
The President, it is believed, would use this appointment to send the clearest message about his political intentions, going forward, and set to open up new doors and avenues for dialogue and negotiations.
It is revealed that the Presidency will use this appointment to inject new zeal and ideas to a fast changing and busy political space, taking cognisance of the ever expanding and agitating youth demographic challenges.
It is believed that of the three, Aguocha is the underdog who is seen within the immediate Villa circles as one with fresh strategic thinking and ability to design a new campaign architectural framework with which the President can further connect with people, groups and organisations across the political sphere.
“These are very difficult political times,” said the villa source. “The President is keen on youth, on someone who understands politics as well as national security and someone who can reach outside of the conventional mould and feel the political

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