With only four days remaining until the expiration of the 60-day deadline mandated by law for President Bola Tinubu to disclose his list of ministers, there is still a lack of clarity among many of the president’s associates, according to reports from news sources.
This situation is notably different from that of his predecessor, Muhamadu Buhari, who didn’t appoint his cabinet until five months after his 2015 inauguration; however, there was no constitutional timeframe in place at that time.
Under the new law, the president is required to submit the ministerial list to the Senate by July 28, as stated in section 42(a) of the constitution, which specifies a maximum of sixty days for the nomination of ministers after the president’s inauguration.
As of the latest update, President Tinubu has yet to submit the list, but it’s reported that he is working diligently to meet the impending deadline. Sources reveal that while most of the nominations have been settled, some states are posing challenges due to conflicts between party leaders and elders in those regions.
Interestingly, President Tinubu is said to be making these decisions without the involvement of other party leaders, keeping them out of the process until the final stages.
One notable gap that Tinubu is trying to address is the nomination of Abdullahi Ganduje, the former governor of Kano state, as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Ganduje was initially considered for a ministerial position, but Adamu Abdullahi’s resignation as chairman led to adjustments in the list.
Meanwhile, there were reports claiming that ex-governors Abdullahi Ganduje and Nyesom Wike were removed from President Tinubu’s ministerial list following scrutiny from the Department of State Service (DSS). However, the coordinator of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Vanguard (BAT-V), Chief Tony Okocha, dismissed these rumors, urging the public to disregard them as mere fake news.
According to Okocha, Wike has a strong admiration for President Tinubu and had supported him during the 2023 presidential election in Rivers State, making the allegations baseless. As the deadline approaches, all eyes are on President Tinubu to finalize and submit his ministerial list to the Senate.