Saraki Confirms Receiving Ministerial Nominees

Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday, September 30 received the first set of names of would-be ministers to be screened by lawmakers.

The list was presented to Saraki after plenary at about 5pm by the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on National Assembly Matters Ita Enang.

On his twitter handle at about 5:20 p.m, Saraki wrote: “I can now confirm that I just received the list of ministerial nominees.”

The Senate President’s spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, said: “Dr. Saraki, following the tradition of the Senate, decided that the envelope will remain sealed till Tuesday 6 October, when the plenary sitting of the Upper legislative chamber holds, and it will be opened and the list read to Senators.”

Sources privy to the list, however revealed that key leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), ex-senators, technocrats and ex-governors are on the list.

APC chieftain and former Minister Mr. Audu Ogbeh; Southeast APC leader Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and Director General of the Buhari campaign organisation and former Rivers State Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi are likely to be on the list.

Others presented for senators’ screening are former Governors Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); former Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzau and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Mr. Abubakar Malami.

Three women – a former Ogun State Commissioner for Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan and Mrs Amina J. Mohammed, Special Assistant to UN Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning are also ministerial nominees.

Others on the list are Senator Hadi Sirika, a pilot, who represented Katsina North in the senate between 2011 and 2015.

He was elected on the ticket of Buhari’s former party, the Congress for Progressive Change(CPC) and a former Anambra State Governor, Chris Nwabueze Ngige. Ngige, a medical doctor, was also a senator between 2011 and 2015.

There are also Solomon Dalong and Ibe Kachikwu, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), who is likely to be Minister of State for Petroleum since Buhari has announced himself as oil minister.

Osagie Ehanire, Udoma Udo-Udoma, Ahmed Isa Ibeto, Sulaiman Adamu and Ibrahim Jibril are also on the list, according to sources.

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