In a much-anticipated move, the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has announced the official date for unveiling the long-awaited list of ministerial nominees. As per the recent amendment to the 1999 Constitution, President Bola Tinubu, along with 28 governors, must submit the names of their nominated ministers and commissioners within 60 days of taking the oath of office. With this deadline fast approaching, the Senate is set to disclose the list this week.
Sources within the National Assembly have disclosed that the letter containing the names of the nominees reached the Senate President last week. However, some last-minute adjustments were made to the list, leading to the delay in the official announcement. It is believed that the administration is treading carefully to avoid any potential backlash, which has contributed to the cautious approach in revealing the names.
Insiders have revealed that the details of the list will likely surprise many Nigerians, as it reportedly includes unexpected choices and prominent political figures. This has led to intense lobbying behind the scenes, causing the deliberate delay in the unveiling process. Referred to as the “real Asiwaju Tsunami,” the list is expected to cause ripples across the political landscape.
As the deadline looms, the screening process of the ministerial nominees is expected to be expedited. A ranking senator reassured that the screening could be completed within a short span of time, possibly within three days to a week. If necessary, special or emergency sessions will be convened to facilitate the process.
The unveiling of the ministerial nominees list is eagerly awaited by Nigerians who have expressed impatience over the delay in constituting President Tinubu’s cabinet. With the deadline rapidly approaching, the Senate’s announcement comes as a significant development in Nigeria’s political sphere.
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