Nyesom wike and Gboyega Oyetola, immediate past governors of Rivers and Osun state respectively have been appointed as Ministers by President Bola Tinubu
Also on the ministerial list are former Kaduna State Governor Nasiru El-Rufai, eminent medical scholar Ali Pate, legal luminary Lateef Fagbemi (SAN); an economist Olawale Edun, banker Adebayo Adelabu, All Progressives Congress (APC) Women Leader Mrs. Betta Edu, Senator Ben Ayade and eminent journalist Dele Alake, who is currently the Special Adviser on Media, Strategy and Special Duties.
It was learnt that David Umahi, former governor of Ebonyi; Atiku Bagudu, former governor of Kebbi; Mohammed Badaru; former governor of Jigawa; Tokunbo Abiru; senator representing Lagos east and David Edevbie, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections are included in the list sent to the senate.
According to a Senate source, the President forwarded the list to Senate President Godswill Akpabio this morning, in line with the constitutional provision that the list should get to the National Assembly within 60 days after the presidential inauguration.
The constitution, following amendments by the last parliament, stipulates that the president and governors have, from the date they are sworn in, a 60-day window within which to appoint ministers and commissioners.
President Tinubu had hinted about setting up a government of inclusion and competence after assuming the reins.
He said experienced ministers will drive his ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda in the national interest.
Despite keeping the list to his chest, it was gathered that it was drawn following wider consultations with members of the ruling APC National Caucus, the Progressive Governors’ Forum, other top party leaders and relevant stakeholders.