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Tension in APC over Buhari’s ministers




Olanrewaju Oyedeji


A palpable sense of anxiety and tension has gripped several leading politicians within the All-Progressives Congress, APC, over the possibility that they may not make the long-awaited final list of ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s inaugural cabinet, The Difference checks have uncovered.

As earlier promised by President Muhammadu Buhari, expectations are high that he will finally unveil the list of his Ministers latest Wednesday this week.

And if that does come to pass, the pace of action will now have moved on for the Bukola Saraki-led National Assembly to commence the screening and possible clearance of the president’s nominees.

While the president had made a song and a dance of not allowing politicians that had been tainted by allegations of sleaze and corruption to be part of his team, many have expressed their reservations that this would be almost impossible for him to achieve.

Some of the names that had been mentioned in the past as possible ministers are former Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; his Rivers State counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi; former Lagos Governor, Babatunde Fashola, SAN; General Lawan Danbazzau, retd; Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru and Professor Pat Utomi.

Others are Eze Festus Odimegwu, Mr. Wale Edun, retd General Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu.

The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina confirmed in New York last weekend that the list of ministerial nominees will be made public on Wednesday.

Adesina noted that Buhari is a man of his word who would not renege on his promise to Nigerians that he would announce members of his cabinet this September.

Expectedly, the Senate is billed to resume sitting after seven weeks of recess. A top presidency official said that the list and a covering note from the president is likely to be read on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday or Wednesday.


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