President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sent the list of 43 ministerial nominees for the screening and confirmation of the senate
Some of the names on the list include former Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio, former Benue State governor, George Akume, Buhari campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, SAN.
Others on the list are former Ogun State Commissioner for Works, Olamilekan Adegbite, former governor of Ekiti State, Niyi Adebayo, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Senator Olutayo Alasoadura, immediate past governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola and Senator Olurunnimbe Mamora.
Immediate former ministers who made the list, include Rotimi Amaechi, Raji Fashola, Adamu Adamu, and Lai Mohammed
In Ogun State, the name of Olamilekan Adegbite as the ministerial nominee for the state has elicited several reactions owing to the bad blood between the governor of the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun and his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Though, both are members of the same ruling All Proigressive Congress (APC), it is believed Gov Abiodun sent his own nominee to the president with the support of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Chief Segun Osoba, which apparently was dumped for Olamilekan Adegbite who served for eight straight years under the administration of Amosun as governor between 2011 and May 2019.
With the impending confirmation of Adegbite as Minister in the Federal Executive Council, political watchers in the state are of the opinion that it is a boost for the Amosun group and avenue to empower the followers.
“Amosun has shown that he is a grand master in Ogun state politics by falicitating the emergence of his former aide as a federal cabinent member. This is the first open battle and governor Dapo Abiodun has lost. But let us cross our fingers and see what happens next.’ A top politician in Abeokuta told Ogun News Express