The list of the four nominees: Governor Peter Obi (Anambra), ex-Governors Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto) and Senator Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara) which may soon join President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet, is to be sent to the Senate after due consultations with some stakeholders.
President Jonathan has asked his ministers to either support him and the PDP or get out of the cabinet. He added that there was no way a minister in the cabinet could claim to be apolitical in a government formed by a political party.
"So far, Obi, Shekarau, Bafarawa and Gbemisola have been pencilled down for ministerial slots, barring last-minute change of mind by the President," a Presidency source said.
The source added that the appointment of the four is part of the new focus of the cabinet to have a mixture of technocrats and politicians. He expects "that the names will soon be sent to the Senate for consideration."
It was learnt that Gbemisola’s likely nomination is creating division in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, with many stakeholders opposing her choice.
A top leader of PDP in Kwara State said: "Our leaders are throwing up candidates like Prof. Shuaibu Oba Abdulraheem; Dele Belgore (SAN); Kunle Sulyman; ex-Minister Ibrahim Bio; John Dara and Senator Makanjuola Ajadi. Some even suggested picking from younger elements to join the cabinet. They are making a case for younger ones like Hon. Ibrahim Oloriegbe and Lanre Issa Onilu.
"Gbemisola cannot be acceptable to all PDP leaders in the state. She cannot just come and hijack the party. She is also not a team player."
A top leader of PDP believes that the President should consult very well before making Gbemisola a minister or else PDP should forget Kwara in 2015.
It was gathered last night that the President has directed all ministers to perform or be booted out.