The race has begun to ‘be in the number’ of replacements of the nine ministers who were sacked on Friday, it is officially lobbying season. The total number of seats to be filled however, is 12 as Inuwa Abdulkadir, former minister of youth was dropped on the 27th of August and former minister of state for health, Professor Ali Pate resigned to take up a job in the United States. The Minister of Defence position, now supervised by Minister of Information Labaran Maku has been vacant since last year when the former minister Haliru Bello was sacked with the late General Andrew Owoye Azazi, former National Security Adviser.
Ministers who want to score better portfolios, members of the ruling party, and friends of the presidency have in the last few days, ensured that the phone lines are busy.
Currently, nine states are not represented in the federal executive council, and hopefuls from those states see it as a plus against rivals from states with some representation. The states are Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna and Akwa Ibom. Others are Osun, Borno, Niger, Sokoto and Bauchi States.
ThisDay’s source at the presidency under the cloak of anonymity revealed that, “many party members and other Nigerians have been inundating us with calls seeking to be part of those who will replace those who lost their jobs.”
“I can also tell you that even some of the serving ministers are also lobbying to get better positions, particularly in the Ministries of Defence, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Education, Foreign Affairs and Environment,” the source added.
We hope that contrary to the rumours about the next set of appointees being politicians, Mr President does the right thing by Nigerians and appoints technocrats who will deliver the goods and better the lives of Nigerians.
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