Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The power brokers in Jonathan’s Presidency

19 November 2011

THERE are many definitions of politics. One of them is the art or science of determining who gets what, where and when. In any government, there are men and women who have the ears of the ruler and can influence allocation of resources, appointments, projects and day-to-day decisions of the administration. Such people are known as power brokers.

Under President Goodluck Jonathan, a number of men and women have clearly emerged as power brokers. Some of these personalities played crucial roles in getting President Jonathan elected and are wielding enormous powers of influence in the polity today.

Notable personalities of influence in Jonathan’s administration include First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan; Vice President Namadi Sambo; Senate President David Mark; Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Petroleum Minister, Mrs Deziani Allison-Madueke; Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo and Peter Obi of Anambra.

Others include Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; PDP’s acting National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje; House of Representatives Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal; Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim; Mr. Femi Otedola; and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi among others.

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