Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Ministerial Nominees: ‘President Tinubu Not In Charge, Cabals Might Soon Turn Against Him’

A former national spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena has declared that recent happenings regarding ministerial nominations might be an indication that President Bola Tinubu is not fully in charge of his government.

Nabena submitted that it is a wrong signal for some ministerial nominees to be withdrawn and replaced after they had initially been nominated and their names forwarded to the national assembly for screening.

In his view, Tinubu might not have had the final say or put the final touch on the issue of ministerial nominees, particularly with reports of the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje boasting that he removed and replaced the nominee from Kano State.

The APC chieftain who spoke during an interview with The Sun said President Tinubu needs to wake up because there is already an indication that some of the former Governors he appointed as Ministers might be the ones to form a cabal against him.

In his words, “I blame the presidency because before nominating them, they would have done due diligence.

“As a new government, we expect that whoever is in charge should have done better than this. Whether they hinged the reason for their dropping on security or whatever report, what it means is a failure on the part of the government just as we have seen lapses in many other things they have done so far.

“It was a very wrong signal they have sent to show that nobody is in charge, or that there is no think-tank in the present administration.

“They would have done background checks, but the situation has given out them that the president did not put a final touch into many things. He may not be in charge. It is even more worrisome, reading a report where Umar Ganduje was claiming that he removed and replaced the nominees from Kano. How can he wield such powers if we actually have a government working very well?

“Mr President must wake up, take charge of his government and know the kind of people he will work with.

“He is already dining with devils in the former governors he nominated. I don’t know the kind of long spoon he is going to use to dine with them because they will soon form another cabal against him.

“The most painful thing is that we have all the time for due diligence. When he promised Nigerians to roll out his ministers two weeks after his inauguration, we thought that he was very ready, but they took several weeks and even surprised many Nigerians when we saw lapses and the calibre of persons nominated.”

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