- President Bola Tinubu has been reported to have met with the two former governors, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna and Nyesom Wike of Rivers
- El-Rufai and Wike are among the 48 ministerial nominees that President Tinubu forwarded their names to the Senate for screening and confirmation
- While Wike was confirmed, El-Rufai's confirmation was suspended over an alleged security report, but sources within the Villa said the presidency is making efforts to ensure he was confirmed
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FCT, Abuja - President Bola Tinubu was currently meeting with the immediate past governors of Rivers and Kaduna States, Nyesom Wike and Nasir El-Rufai, at the presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday, August 9.
However, the Senate only screened and confirmed Wike as minister of the federal government, while the Red Chamber was yet to confirm El-Rufai over an alleged security report.
El-Rufai, Wike, arrive Aso Rock to meet President Tinubu
It was reported that the two immediate past governors arrived separately at the State House.
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Wike arrived at about 1:40p.m, while El-Rufai came to the presidential wing of the Aso Rock around 2pm.
According to sources within the presidential villa, the presidency is making efforts to ensure that the Senate confirms the former Kaduna State governor as minister.
How President Tinubu transmitted names of 49 ministers to Senate
President Bola Tinubu, on July 27, transmitted the names of 28 ministerial nominees to the Red Chamber and, on Monday, July 31, forwarded another 19 names to the lawmakers.
In a dramatic displayed, the president sent 2 names of additional ministerial nominees while announcing the withdrawal of Maryam Shettu, a nominee from Kano and replacing her with another.
After one week of screening of the 48 ministerial nominees, the Senate confirm the appointment of 45 of the ministerial nominees, including Wike, while three others' confirmation were suspended, including El-Rufai.
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Recall that President Bola Tinubu forwarded the names of 28 ministerial nominees to the Senate on Thursday, July 27, to beat the deadline set by the constitution.