Governors and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should expect the shock of their lives as President Muhammadu Buhari prepares to unveil members of his much expected cabinet with several of the over 73 nominees submitted from across the states conspicuously missing from the list.
News gathered that governors from APC-controlled states and some national leaders of the party had submitted no less than 73 names for the president to select his ministers from. This is despite the president’s initial warning before his swearing-in in May that he would not allow state governors to nominate ministers for him.
Of the 23 states controlled by the APC, only Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was said to have submitted only one name, a former governor of the state (names withheld) while the rest submitted either two or three names to the president to chose one from for appointment as ministers representing their states in the Federal Executive Council.
A reliable source in the presidency told Saturday Sun: “The ministerial list will soon be out as promised by the President but it is full of surprises because many ministerial hopefuls and those who nominated them will be shocked. This is because the President won’t be bound by the old tradition.”
The old tradition, it was gathered, means the practice in the past where state governors and party leaders would nominate three names from their states, out of which the President would pick one as minister representing the state in FEC.
From May 1999 to May 2015, it has been the tradition of the then ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government to appoint a minimum of one minister from each of the 36 states of the federation and six others from the geopolitical zones into the Federal Executive Council.