The immediate former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, his Rivers State counterpart Nyesom Wike and legal luminary Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) are some of the names on the list of ministerial nominees forwarded to the Senate by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Also included are eminent medical scholar, Ali Pate, an economist Olawale Edun, banker Adebayo Adelabu, former Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, 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 is understood that Tinubu sent the list to Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, Thursday morning.
This is in line with the constitutional provision that the list must reach the National Assembly within 60 days after the President has been inaugurated.
The list is a blend of politicians and technocrats, the source added.
However, the source could not confirm whether the list had portfolios. He could not also confirm the number of nominees.
However, the source said the list reflected the national character and outlook of the President and the ruling party.
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.
Credit: The Nation