The Internet was awash yesterday, October 1, following the release of the long awaited ministerial list.
According to reports, the list submitted to the National Assembly comprises 21 would-be ministers which include the likes of former governors: Dr Chris Ngige (Anambra), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Babatunde Fashola amongst many others.
However, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reacted to the widely circulated ministerial list.
Addressing newsmen yesterday, Lai Mohammed advised Nigerians not to accept in its entirety the list being circulated around, Vanguard reports.
The APC spokesman urged Nigerians to be patient for the official announcement of the names of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees by the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, October 6, when it resumes for plenary
APC spokesman said: “Unfortunately, the Senate is yet to read the list, so whatever you read anywhere is mere speculation. Not until the Senate President reads out the list on Tuesday, it will be too premature for anybody to start making a comment on who and who is on the list.
“But from what I take from what the President said this morning (Thursday), people think there has been undue delay but he explained that the delay was due to the fact that there were no proper handover notes and that the transition committee was not helped much because the transition committee did not receive the handover notes until about four days to the handover.”
Mohammed also reacted to President Buhari’s declaration to be in charge of Ministry of Petroleum.
According to him, Buhari is in the best position to oversee the very important ministry.
He said: “I think not only all in the APC will be comfortable with that but I think Nigerians should be comfortable with it because he has been minister for petroleum resources before. So, he is not a rookie in the business. I think if the oil today accounts for almost 70% of all our revenue, it is only proper that somebody who is knowledgeable, who has the experience and who is the Commander-in- chief should take that position.”
Other names listed for ministerial appointment include: Ogbonnaya Onu, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom), former CPC legal adviser, Malami Abubakar, former CPC governorship candidate in Oyo State, Adebayo Shittu amongst many others.
Meanwhile, the senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sanni has claimed that no one knows the names of the nominees in the envelop,including senate president, Bukola Saraki.