Reports have started to raise dust that President Muhammadu Buhari has dumped a list containing 73 ministerial nominees selected from across the states in Nigeria.
The SUN publication has it that Governors and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should be prepared for shock 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.
It was learnt that Executives 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.
Recall, the president, before his swearing-in in May, vowed that he would not allow state governors to nominate ministers for him.
Interestingly, a reliable source close to the polity, squealed that: “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.
President Buhari is not swayed by the old tradition.
Recall, then president-elect, he had said if state governors are at liberty to appoint their commissioners, he, too, should be at liberty to choose those who would serve with him in the FEC, thereby abolishing the existing tradition where state governors are the ones that submit names of their candidates for ministerial appointments.