President Bola Tinubu was one of the lucky politicians that became governor in 1999, the year Nigeria returned to democracy after 16 years of military disruption of the elected system of governance.
In their numbers, the 1999 class of governors visited President Tinubu at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday, July 12, in an event that looked like a reunion of the former executive officeholders.
What former governors told President Bola Tinubu
The former governors were reported to have visited the State House to identify with their colleague, who served as Lagos State governor between 1999 and 2007. They also expressed their solidary for the recent policies of President Tinubu since he assumed office on May 29, 2023.
Interestingly, three became governors of their states when they were youths under 40. They were all elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and they are still politically relevant today.
How President Tinubu plans to use DSS, EFCC to knock out some APC bigwigs, others from ministerial list
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The lucky former governors are listed below:
Nnamani, born on May 30, 1960, was a two-term governor of Enugu State between 1999 and 2007.
He was sworn into the Enugu State governor's office at 38 and was 46 when he finished his second term as governor.
Orji Uzor Kalu
Kalu, born on April 21, 1960, became the governor of Abia State on the return of democracy to the country in 1999 and served a tenure of two-term.
The Senator resumed the office of Abia State governor at 39 and was 47 at the end of his second term as governor.
The former governor of Delta State was one of the lucky ones 1999 who resumed the executive office when he was about to be 40.
Ibori was sworn in on May 29 as Delta State governor when he was still 39 and a few months before his 40th birthday. He was born on August 4, 1959.
Ministerial List: Tinubu using DSS, EFCC to reject nominees, sources reveal
Legit.ng reported that President Bola Tinubu is strategically working to knock out some former governors, APC bigwigs, traditional rulers and others jostling for ministerial slots under his administration.
Sources closer to the development disclosed that the outcome of the DSS and EFCC screening of the names of individuals that were forwarded to the two agencies would determine who would be nominated as ministers.
According to the sources, rather than Tinubu out-rightly rejecting names of nominees for the ministerial slot, he was forwarding them to the EFCC and DSS for screening.