Report has emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list contains a number of familiar faces known to the All Progressives Congress (APC), names such as Babatunde Fashola, former governor of Lagos state, and Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers state.
TheCable has authoritatively published a list of some of the names that made it into President Buhari’s ministerial list.
The list includes 21 names some which are;
– Babatunde Fashola, former governor of Lagos state
– Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers state
– Lai Mohammed, national publicity secretary of the ruling party
– Kayode Fayemi, who lost his Ekiti governorship re-election bid in 2014
– Chris Ngige, former governor of Anambra state and former senator of the federal republic
– Ogbonnaya Onu, first executive governor of Abia state and former national chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)
– Udoma Udo Udoma, a former senator who represented Akwa Ibom south senatorial constituency
– Aisha Alhassan, who was on the brink of becoming the first elected female governor before eventually losing the Taraba state governorship election
– Malami Abubakar, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and former legal adviser of the defunct party
– Hadi Sirika, a former pilot and former CPC senator who represented Katsina north senatorial district
– Adebayo Shittu, former governorship candidate of the legacy party in Oyo state
– Ibe Kachikwu, group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum (NNPC)
– Amina Mohammed, former special adviser to the Nigerian president on millennium development goals (MDGs) and current special adviser to United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on post-2015 development planning
– Kemi Adeosun, former commissioner for finance in Ogun state
– Former chief of army staff, Abdulrahman Dambazau
Meanwhile, a source familiar with the matter, disclosed that President Buhari, who has been constantly accused of marginalizing Ndigbo over their refusal to support him during the election, didn’t have it in mind to appoint Ngige.
It’s believed that Ngige’s appointment was done to mainly compensate Ndigbo.
“Ngige was not part of the first list of people compiled, I can tell you that. His name came at the eleventh hour. The president had a change of mind because of the complaints in many quarters that he was punishing the south east region because of their refusal to vote for him during the election.
“It took the intervention of some close associates and aides for the appointment of Ngige.”