NASS Receives Tinubu’s Ministerial List, Amid Speculation About The Inclusion of Opposition Party Members | #NwokeukwuMascot
President Tinubu yesterday submitted the Ministerial list to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Confirming the development, the presidential spokes person, Dele Alake informed journalist that the list is ready.
But when reminded that the President has less than 10 days to transmit the list of nominees, he said: “I can tell you that before this Thursday, the nominees will be made known to Nigerians.”
One of the expected outcomes of the list that has been talked about by many political pundits and public affairs commentators is the inclusion of some opposition party members. It is no longer news that some opposition members were instrumental to the victory of Tinubu at the presidential polls.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) G-5 governors, led by ex-governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, were instrumental in inflicting calculable damage to the fortunes of their party and their presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Other members of the G-5 governors include: Dr Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Samuel Ortom (Benue), and Seyi Makinde (Oyo).
Similarly, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, is also highly tipped for a place in Tinubu’s cabinet.
The presidential spokesman, Dele Alake, recently said that it is only President Tinubu that could decide when to submit the list of the nominees to the National Assembly, as well as those to make the list. Alake assured that the list would be made public before the expiration of the 60 days.
According to sources familiar with the President’s thinking, he plans to form a government of national interests across party lines by giving appointments to members of opposition parties with his eyes already on the 2027 general elections.
With these calculations, coupled with the need for further consultations with key stakeholders within and outside his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been forcing the President back to his drawing board to constantly tweak portfolios to assign to states and who to appoint to effectively man the post.
According to another source, the first batch of nominees to the Senate is ready for confirmation just to beat the July 26 constitutional deadline.
“He will subsequently forward more names to the Senate for confirmation after the deadline.”
Prominent among the states giving President Tinubu dilemma is Kano State. After weeks of consultations and political engineering, it has emerged that political arch-rivals and former governors of the state, Kwankwaso of NNPP and his successor, Abdulahi Ganduje of the APC, will be nominees representing both Kano and the Northwest zone in the cabinet.