…As Nigerians await Buhari’s ministerial list
Anxiety among politicians has reached its peak as the nation awaits President Muhammadu Buhari’s list of ministers which he promised to release before the end of this month.
Although correspondents’ reports reaching our newsroom indicated less traffic at the Aso Rock, seat of the Federal Government, Abuja, top notchers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are still known to have gained access to the president.
Analysts believe the Aso Rock visitors who gained entrance were all armed with their lists and were there to lobby.
However, one of the latest Presidential Villa visitors and an influential APC stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, while speaking to newsmen, was equivocal on the issue.
“What can I do about that? They have the right to speculate, they have the right to their lies and I have the right to debunk,” he said.
Asiwaju Tinubu said that the delegation was at Aso Rock to “provide a structure that would help the president succeed”.
In his company was the former interim national chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande palpable fever has gripped some camps in the APC that felt cheated in the appointments so far made by the president.
A topnotcher belonging to the former All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) which merged with other three to form APC said that the president has the last chance to save the APC from collapse by equitably distributing the appointments to favour the various camps in the party.
‘We know that the president has a mind of his own, but with the ministrial list, if his mind turns out as lopsided as it was in the recent appointments, he would be courting trouble,” he said.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was among the earlier callers to Aso Rock when the president took over. During his visit, the former president was reported to have offered his hand in service in terms of wanting to play a role in the new government. He also visited Aso Rock again last week. His mission was not disclosed.
The frustration over ministerial jobs cut across the strata as the presidency had reportedly barred governors from making input into who is selected.
Meanwhile, the public outcry over the preponderance of northerners in the list of appointments so far made, is likely to influence the expected list, analysts say.
As no Igbo had been in the already released appointments, some Igbo leaders are optimistic that the president would make up with the ministerial list, at least considering the statutory provisions governing the appointment of ministers.