Loyalists of the barely-literate Lyon are reportedly opposed to Sylva’s move to “hijack the government so early in the day”. One told Pointblanknews.com that he shouldn’t try to cause the kind of trouble he caused when Dr. Good luck Jonathan was Vice President.
However, one ally of the minister told Pointblanknews.com that such fears were unfounded as, according to him, such issues wouldn’t have arisen had Sylva not spent his time and money to ensure Lyon’s emergence.
He said, ” Talk is cheap. The meal is ready and even passers-by are trooping in to feast and run their mouths without sparing a thought on how the meal came by. Before Sylva brought Lyon, who was he? Who knew him? Now they have the guts to whine about appointments”.
One man the minister was reportedly rooting for to be the incoming Chief of Staff is Professor Seiyefa Birisibe.
A former Dean, Faculty of Clinical Services at the Niger Delta University in the state, Birisibe had served as one of the campaign managers of Chief Timi Alaibe, who unsuccessfully sought to be the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the last election.
However, no sooner had Alaibe lost to Senator Duoye Diri than Birisibe ditched him and began to campaign for APC’s Lyon.
Loyalists of the governor elect are reportedly opposed to allowing Birisibe ” whose allegiance is still hazy”
hold such a strategic post as Chief of Staff.
“The Chief of Staff is like the governor’s alter ego- somebody who knows the thinking of the governor and so, can act on his behalf. It’ll be very selfish for Sylva to want to want to impose Birisibe or any other person for that matter as Chief of Staff,” said an APC chieftain
“Question is, who nominated persons into the government when Sylva was governor? Birisibe might be considered as commissioner for health, not as chief of staff,” he added.
The party bigwig said Lyon was considering either of a former federal lawmaker or a lawyer as chief of staff.