With the 60-day deadline approaching, President Bola Tinubu is expected to submit his list of ministerial nominees to the National Assembly today. Speculations suggest that Senate President Godwil Akpabio will announce the long-awaited list later in the day.
Jackson Udom, the media aide to the Senate President, confirmed that the “authentic ministerial list of President Tinubu would be unveiled today.”
The list reportedly includes a diverse mix of technocrats, professionals, and politicians from various regions of the country. There are indications that President Tinubu seeks to form a government of national unity and may include some leaders from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in his cabinet.
Among the prominent names on the list are former Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai, current Special Adviser on Special Duties, Communications, and Strategy Dele Alake, former governor of Osun State Adegboyega Oyetola, Wale Edun, and immediate past governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike.
Additionally, Adebayo Adelabu, the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, and Beta Edu, the former Commissioner for Health in Cross River State and National Woman Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have also been nominated.
Once submitted to the Senate, the nominees will undergo a screening process in the upper chamber. If confirmed, they will be sworn in as ministers, taking up key roles in the government.
Tinubu’s decision to include leaders from the PDP in his cabinet is seen as a positive move towards national reconciliation and a demonstration of his commitment to building a strong and unified government for the country.