The President was painstaking in his choice of ministerial nominees, the Presidency said yesterday.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s list of 28 would-be ministers was made available by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during plenary yesterday.

Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, who delivered the correspondence, which contained the list and a request for confirmation, said additional nominees’ list will be sent “in the coming days”.

Speaking to reporters in Aso Villa, he said: “I’m sure you all know that the government is not fully formed until a cabinet is in place.

“That process started a while ago, culminating in the delivery of ministerial nominees today (yesterday). 

“The President took his time, did a lot of due diligence going through the nominees one by one. 

“He had 60 days from the time of inauguration, as stipulated in the Constitution. He has fulfilled that requirement by submitting 28 names. The remaining 12 will be forwarded to the Senate in the coming days. 

“Mr. President dissected those names with a fine-tooth comb and that’s what you’ve seen. Each of the persons on that list, I believe, is worth being there. 

“It’s a good mix of people with political acumen and technocrats. So, this is a good balance and it’s needed.

“These are people who have keyed into the vision and mission of Mr. President. It’s a good balance needed to move the country forward as Mr. President is eager to do and has already started doing”.

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