Following his promise to unveil his ministerial list at the end of September, President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the list of his nominees through Senator Ita Enang, his special adviser on National Assembly Matters, who departed New York last night.
The prized document should be submitted immediately to the Senate, which resumes from its six-week break on September 29, Tuesday.
A top presidential source, who is the member of Buhari’s entourage, said the president who is currently in New York had already briefed the Senate president Bukola Saraki on the development, emphasizing that Ita Enang is expected to hand over the list to either the Senate president today, September 29, at the resumption of the plenary or tomorrow depending on the mood of the upper legislative chamber.
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Meanwhile, Buhari’s aide who departed New York for Nigeria, will not arrive Abuja before 3pm today, when the Senate would have completed its session for the day.
Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has discharged as a family affair perceived misgivings between the party and President Buhari over the ministerial list.
Femi Adesina, presidential media aide, told reporters that he would not be surprised if the list was ready.
“I will not be surprised if the list is ready because it is within the timeline that the President gave. He said he would name his cabinet in September. Today (Monday) is September 28, so if it happens that it is ready, it is within the timeline,” he said.
“The constitution already gives you an idea of the number of people that can be on the cabinet because it stipulates that we must have at least one minister per state.”
The presidency had many times repeated its promise that the names of the appointees would be available this month and tomorrow is the last day of September.
President Buhari is currently at the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.
He is expected to return to Nigeria on Wednesday, September 30, before the celebration of the Independence Day.
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The list of politicians and technocrats expected to form the cabinet to be sent to the Senate include:
Prof. Tam David West
Femi Falana (SAN)
Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazu (rtd)
Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola
Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui-Okaru
Chief Bode Mustapha
Engineer Segun Oni
Dr Kayode Fayemi
Dr. Abba Ruma
Chief Kanu Agabi
Babatunde Raji Fashola
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi
Engineer Funsho Kupolokun
Yinka Folashade Oredola
Isaiah Danjuma (son of TY Danjuma)
Chief Bayo Ojo (SAN)
Charles Chukwuma Soludo