Former Governors Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi and Kayode Fayemi of Lagos, Rivers and Ekiti states respectively have made the list of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees.
Others strongly believed to be in the sealed envelope presented to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki by the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Legislative Matters (Senate) Senator Ita Enang, are former Abia Governor, Ogbonnaya Onu; former Anambra state governor, Chris Ngige, and former Senator from Akwa Ibom, Mr. Udo Udoma.
Malami Abubakar, SAN, a former National Legal Adviser to the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC); Aisha Alhassan, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State in the last election; and Amina Mohammed, a special adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, are also on the ministerial list submitted on Wednesday.
Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Ibe Kachikwu, is equally said to be on the list, in a move designed to combine his headship of the NNPC with that of Minister of State for Petroleum.
Buhari has already announced himself as the substantive Minister of Petroleum.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, will, according to his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu on Tuesday unveil the full names of ministerial nominees sent to him by President Buhari.
Olaniyonu said in a statement on Wednesday that “The list was submitted in a sealed envelope by Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari and Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Legislative Matters (Senate).
“Dr. Saraki has, following the tradition of the Senate, decided to open the envelope and read out the names to his colleagues on Tuesday, October 6, during the plenary sitting of the Upper legislative chamber,” the statement added.