As Stakeholders and ordinary citizens get impatient, over the delay by President Muhammadu Buhari to send his list of Ministerial nominees to the Senate for their input and vetting, there are strong indications that the list will be out this week.
An insider source, not willing to be named, said that the list has been forwarded to the Security Departments for appropriate checks, and that only the President and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, know the details of every nominee that made the final list.
The source added that even the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, and Chief of Staff, CoS, to the President, will only see the final list early in the week, when it is sent to the Senate.
“Buhari even refused to disclose the list to Bola Tinubu”, the source revealed in shock.
On whether it is the President alone that nominated all the names, the source said that Governors and other Stakeholders sent in their nominees, but no one knows for sure whether their nomination was eventually accepted.
Regarding chances of former Ministers returning, the insider source tipped the former Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, as being ahead of others from the South-West. The source would not however, tell whether Fashola is getting the job on his personal reckoning, or whether a godfather is putting in a word for him, when pushed to speak further.
The source, nonetheless, assured of plenty surprises. While the possibility of the former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, getting a slot is said not to be categorical, Fashola, for instance, may not continue to enjoy the status of Super Minister, having the three Ministries under one portfolio, like he did for nearly four years. A split is very likely.
The source added that the former Industry and Trade Minister, Okechukwu Enelamah, is not coming back, because he does not seem a favourite of the Presidency cabal. The immediate past Minister of State, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Prof. Claudius Adaramola, is also not returning on performance grounds, just as he has been accused of not using the post to the utmost advantage of the party and his people.
In another hand, Presidential Spokesperson, Femi Adesina, may be set for promotion to a higher Office, while other Presidential Spokespersons, Garba Shehu and Laolu Akande, whom many expected to have been named last Friday, along with other Presidency Aides, the source assured, will all come back.