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No conflict at Villa over Okupe’s appointment, says Abati

By Ben Agande

ABUJA—Special Adviser to the President on Communications, Dr. Reuben Abati, has said the appointment of Dr. Doyin Okupe as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs will not create conflict in the President’s information management process.

He spoke, yesterday, when he formally introduced Okupe to members of the State House Press Corps.

Okupe denied that his appointment was to serve as an ‘attack dog’ for the President, saying “if President Jonathan hires a 60-year-old man as attack dog, then he is employing a weak attack dog. I am not an attack dog.”

While addressing State House correspondents, Abati said: “In the last few days, there have been a lot of speculations out there in the media; all kinds of theory, all kinds of assumptions on whether there is friction in the Villa, whether there is confusion in terms of the President’s information management process.

“This morning, I have called this meeting to specially introduce to you Dr. Doyin Okupe, who has been appointed by Mr. President as the Senior Special Assistant in charge of Public Affairs.

“There is no conflict in our information management process. Dr. Okupe is joining our team with a lot of experience. He is a man that you all know very well.

He is gifted with a lot of political savvy, very amiable, very highly-respected within the society. He comes to this team with a lot of confidence in the Jonathan Project.”

“One thing we both have in common is that we both have a passion for the Jonathan’s transformation agenda and we believe in President Jonathan that he deserves the support of all Nigerians and that as many people as possible should join hands together to promote that transformation agenda.”


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