Unconfirmed reports have it that Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora might have rejected his appointment as the Chairman of the Abuja Investment and Infrastructure Centre.
The report out there is that he is not quite happy with this appointment, seen as of such little stature, given his role as the Deputy in the Campaign organisation that saw the President to office.
Some say such an appointment to the former Senator and Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly as demeaning. He is said to have been previously named as Chair of the Board of NPA and an Ambassador at some point, only to be dropped at the last minute.
You never know with these things. Politics is a very complicated game. Sharing of the spoils of war can even be more complicated.
Sometime in December last year, I was at a sitting of the Lagos State House of Assembly. One of the tasks for the day was the screening of the nominees for the Board of the Lagos State Sports Trust Fund. Nominated as Chairman of the Board was former Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Mr Femi Pedro.
I watched him step out, clutching a mini briefcase. Took a bow and stood as his biography was read out. Difficult to believe the man is over Sixty and already a grandfather.
One of the questions put to him by the Speaker (I think) was how comfortable he was with this nomination having once served as Deputy Governor.
Mr Pedro said it did not matter to him whatever the position or appointment is, even if it is to serve as Councillor. He said, as long as it is an opportunity to serve, he would be willing to offer himself. I hope he means it, as I found it rather instructive.
Now, if it is true that Dr Mamora has rejected the appointment, it is difficult to fault him. Service is a personal choice that cannot and should not be forced upon anyone. Easy to understand where he might be coming from.
The manner in which appointments for those who worked to get the present government into office has been handled has been most untidy.
But then, politics offers no guarantees in the kind of Presidential arrangement we have. Nothing assures those who sow, no matter sacrifices made, that they will reap. Rudy Gulliani, Chris Christie, among others are still out there in the cold, in spite of the support they offered President Trump.
Politics is strange. Better to approach it with not much of an expectation so as not to be disappointed. Nothing is guaranteed. Be sure to have a second address.
Some will say if it is strictly about service, the position offered should not matter. But that is only an opinion. He who has to wear the shoe is best placed in deciding if he should or not.