It seems the scenario that played out when the Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Prof. Usman Yusuf, was suspended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and reinstated by President Muhammadu Buhari is about to happen again.

It was learnt that loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari have begun moves to take control of the Department of State Services ahead of the 2019 general elections.

It was gathered that the loyalists, who were working in tandem with a cabal, had already given the acting DG of the Service, Mathew Seiyefa, a signal that he might not be in office during the conduct of the general elections next year.

Seiyefa, who is due for retirement in July 2019, hails from Bayelsa State.

Buhari’s loyalists are believed not to be comfortable with him, having hailed from a state where the President is not very popular.

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Besides, former President Goodluck Jonathan, hails from the same state.

“We cannot, therefore, trust such a man to head the security apparatus that is very vital for the conduct of the 2019 general elections, in which President Buhari will still be a candidate,” a source said.

It was gathered that since the appointment of the acting DG, there had been serious gang-up against him by a cabal in the Presidential Villa.

It was learnt that members of the cabal had yet to get over the shocking removal of the erstwhile DG of the Service, Lawal Daura, by Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) while acting as the President in Muhammadu Buhari’s absence.

Daura is from Katsina State, the home state of President Buhari.

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Osinbajo had asked Daura to hand over to the most senior officer in the agency when he (Daura) was sacked on August 7 for deploying operatives of the agency to block the National Assembly.

The sack was said to have come to those close to Buhari as a shock.

Members of the cabal, which is allegedly headed by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, have remained unrelenting in their determination to have a say in who heads the agency.

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