Reports have emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari jettisoned the names of ministerial nominees compiled by a bigwig of South-West politics, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
The New Telegraph reported that Tinubu had relocated to Abuja when Buhari came to power in May 29 but was said to have hurriedly returned to Lagos on October 1 after it became clear that the president had jettison his list.
A source in the presidency said that Tinubu who was in company of Bisi Akande and the chairman of the All Progressives Congress received a copy of the list.
It was believed that when Tinubu ran through the list he was said to have been shock that none of his nominees made the list.
“Asiwaju was disappointed with the ministerial list as none of his nominees made the Buhari’s cabinet. He felt used and dumped.”
“Tinubu just took the list and called Chief Akande into an inner room in his Abuja residence,” the source disclosed.
Akande was said to have immediately sought for an audience with the president. Buhari reportedly told Akande that since Tinubu produced the vice president, he should allow other bloc in the South-West to have share of the appointments.
On why he dropped Falana for Fayemi, Buhari noted that since the former Ekiti state governor lost his re-election bid, he has served in many capacities unlike Falana.
On the part of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, he had been lobbying for the emergence of Femi Falana as the attorney general from Ekiti state but Buhari did not agree to this as he had already picked Fayemi.
Also, Osinbajo’s second nominee, Prof. Pat Utomi was not picked as Buhari went for Utomi’s kinsman, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu who had been penned down as minister of state for petroleum.
On the choice of Fashola, the former governor was said to have worked as chairman of the presidential fundraising committee unlike Yemi Cardoso, which was proposed by Tinubu for the Lagos state slot.