There are no indications that the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF), Babachir Lawal may not be recalled by the Presidency. Until his appointment as the SGF, Lawal was APC National Vice Chairman (North-East). At the inaugural bi-annual APC National convention, the new National Vice Chairman is expected to emerge before it is ratified by the National Convention. Three contenders for the position of the National Vice Chairman (North-East) are Alhaji Usman Iya-Abbas, Umar Sani (Sanda) and the pioneer APC National Vice Chairman, North-West, Umar Duhu. Of the three, Duhu is said to be making a strong case for a comeback having stepped aside in favour of Lawal, as part of the APC merger agreement. Duhu who hails from Adamawa State, is considered a loyalist of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who is a chieftain of the APC. He hails from the same constituency with former Political Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, as well as a former Adamawa State Acting Governor, James Ngilari.
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