President Bola Tinubu has appointed Northern Elders Forum’s secretary, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, as a special adviser on political matters to Vice President Kashim Shettima.
“I have accepted the position,” said Mr Baba-Ahmed, who announced his appointment in the Hausa language in a Facebook post on Monday.
The NEF secretary added, “This is the time to go through the process of reform, not looking forward to accusations. Asking for prayers for success.”
Mr Baba-Ahmed is an elder brother to Datti Baba-Ahmed, the Labour Party vice-presidential candidate in the February 25 election. His appointment comes amid legal tussle over Mr Tinubu’s victory.
The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal had upheld Mr Tinubu’s victory, dismissing all petitions by opposition candidates.
However, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and Peter Obi of the Labour Party have proceeded to challenge Mr Tinubu’s victory at the apex court.