The former governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola, has received the endorsement of all the senators from his state ahead of today, Oct. 13, senate screening of ministerial nominees.
Fashola has now passed the major hurdle that would have prevented him from joining the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari, after gaining support from 3 APC senators, who are loyal to Bola Tinubu.
Gbenga Ashafa, representative of Lagos east senatorial district, hinted journalists in Abuja late Monday that Fashola had received the support of all the senators of his state.
He said Oluremi Tinubu and Solomon Adeola, his other colleagues, had unanimously agreed to back the former governor.
“We considered the good work Tunde Fashola did in the eight years he led our dear state and we believe he would be a worthy ambassador of Lagos state in the federal executive council,” he said.
“We trust his judgement and his intelligence. He put Lagos on the world map and we are proud to call him our own.
We believe he will do very well in whatever role he is assigned by our fearless and visionary leader, President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Meanwhile, all the senators from Rivers are yet to back down on their opposition to the nomination of Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of the state.
They are insisting that Amaechi, who has allegations of corruption against him, has to clear his name before being given any appointment.
On Monday, Amaechi appeared before the senate committee on ethics to defend himself and the hearing on the petition was suspended on the ground that the allegations against him were being challenged in court.
But his opponents in the red chamber have not revealed their next line of action, leading to suspicion that except there is last-minute realignment of forces, Amaechi, who worked hard for the victory of the APC in the last election, may not end up a member of Buhari’s cabinet.
The Nigerian senate has postponed decision on the petition against the immediate-past governor of Rivers state.
After the senate adopted the recommendation of the ethics committee on Amina Mohamed, who was falsely petitioned as a candidate from Kaduna state, the senate stood down decision on Amaechi.
The Senate leader, Ali Ndume, said the report of the ethics committee’s work on Ameachi’s petition was not ready. He requested more time, promising that it would be ready on Wednesday.