Northern social-political group, The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, on Sunday, named Hon James Faleke as the preferred choice for the position of Chief of Staff
Mr. Faleke, A serving lawmaker, representing Ikeja federal constituency, was the Secretary of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.
He was reelected for another term in the February 25 national assembly election, in Nigeria.
In a statement signed by its National President, Yerima Shettima, the group explained that nominating Mr. Faleke was important, stating that he is a very loyal associate of the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“This is an opportunity for the President-elect to get someone with good skills of managing the relationship between him, officials of government, and the rest of Nigerians,” the group advised in its statement.
“Faleke, being a highly-experienced lawmaker, can build a very cordial relationship between the Executive and legislative arms of government in the new dispensation.”
After winning the last presidential election in February, some key figures in Mr. Tinubu’s camp have been suggested as likely candidates to take the critical role of the president’s chief of staff.
Most of the names that have been mentioned so far, include the current minister for works and housing, Babatunde Fashola; a spokesman for the APC presidential campaign, Dele Alake, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Meanwhile, the group in its statement, said that Mr. Faleke stands for the emerging political class in Nigeria.
“Honourable 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 said.