- The President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Wednesday, August 16, unveiled the portfolios of his ministers
- President Tinubu appointed Nyesom Wike, ex-Rivers governor as FCT minister and the former governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi, as minister of works
- Meanwhile, from the list, it was observed that 13 of the nominees were appointed ministers of state while some new ministries were also created
Aso Rock, Abuja - President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed the immediate past governors of Rivers and Ebonyi states, Nyesom Wike and Dave Umahi, as ministers of the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT), and Minister of Works, respectively.
Ajuri Ngelale, the presidential spokesman, confirmed the portfolios at Aso Rock on Wednesday, August 16.
In the list obtained by The Punch, in Abuja, it was noted that the names of a former governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, a former national women leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Stella Okotete and a ministerial nominee from Taraba state, Danladi Abubakar were missing.
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Earlier, the Senate had withheld the confirmation of the three owing to security checks.
In the list, it was also observed that 13 of the nominees were appointed ministers of state while some new ministries were also created.
This is just as the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs appears to have been scrapped as it was not on the ministerial list, while there is no one for now as the senior Minister of Petroleum, Vanguard report added.
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This is as Ganduje boasted of the increasing fortunes of his party, saying discussions are on to get some opposition political parties to collapse into the APC.
Ganduje made this assertion on Wednesday, August 16, while giving an insight into the visit of minister-designate and former Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike to his residence on Tuesday, August 15.
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A source within the presidency disclosed the development, adding that President Tinubu may swear in former Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Gboyega Oyetola, the immediate past governor of Osun State and 43 other ministers confirmed by the Senate.