ABUJA – Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has appointed celebrated columnist and media icon, Mahmud Jega, as Special Adviser on Public Affairs.
The APC candidate also on Sunday announced the appointment of award-winning investigative journalist Abdulaziz Abdulaziz as Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.
PRNIGERIA had exclusively reported that Tinubu decided to make the appointment to inject fresh perspectives into his media strategy and strike the balance between the North and South since most members of the team were Southerners
According to a statement issued on Sunday by Tinubu’s spokesman, Tunde Rahman, the APC candidate made the appointment
to “strengthen his media office with the injection of the two new aides.”
Until his appointment, Jega, a renowned editor, was an in-house analyst for Arise TV and ran a weekly column for ThisDay Newspaper.
He was also the editor-in-chief of an online publication, 21st Century Chronicle.
Following his stint as a lecturer in biological sciences at his alma mater, the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, Jega has
practised journalism non-stop for more than three decades.
For a total of 13 years, he was managing editor, editor, deputy editor-in-chief, and Editorial Board Chairman of Daily Trust Newspapers. Prior to that, he served as editor, New Nigerian Newspapers, editor of The Sentinel magazine, Kaduna, and Assistant Editor, Citizen magazine.
Abdulaziz, a social media influencer, was until the appointment Deputy General Editor of Daily Trust Newspapers.
He also anchored a morning show for the Trust TV, an arm of the Media Trust Group.
He has experience spanning print, online, broadcast, and social media. He had worked as Correspondent, Bureau Chief, and Regional Editor for the LEADERSHIP Newspapers, before he joined Blueprint Newspaper, which he left in 2017 as deputy editor.
Before joining Daily Trust at the beginning of 2021, Abdulaziz also worked with the frontline online newspaper, PREMIUM TIMES, as Associate Editor.
Rahman, in the statement, said the “two appointees would deploy their expertise and deep understanding of political issues across the country, particularly the North, in shoring up the activities of the media team.”