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Lobbying intensifies as Ganduje, Kwankwaso miss out in Tinubu’s first batch of ministerial list

Lobbying intensifies as Ganduje, Kwankwaso miss out in Tinubu’s first batch of ministerial list

While former governors Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai and those of Ebonyi and Rivers, David Umahi and Nyesom Wike respectively made the ministerial list of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, non of the expected former governors of Kano State were included.

Expectations have been rife that either Rabiu Musa Kawakwaso or Abdullahi Umar Ganduje would be nominated as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but the list read out at the senate plenary did not include any of them.

A presidency source told Nigerian Sketch that nomination from Kano State has been causing President Tinubu sleepless nights, as pressures keep mounting from different camps to lobby for the two former governors.

The list read out has so far been greeted with disappointment in Kano State, while President Tinubu is said to be in dilemma on who to pick from Kano.

Ganduje would have been an easy choice, safe for his open battle with a corruption case in a federal court. Kwankwaso, on the other hand, is being courted for his huge political followership in the state, which Tinubu is said to be keen to leverage on in 2027.

Our source said Tinubu’s group has been trying to find a way around the impasse by considerin Ganduje for the national chairmanship of APC, though that option also has its own backlash.

Recall that Kwankwaso does not belong to the president’s political party, the All Pregressives Congress (APC), as he is pioneermember of a new opposition party, the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNP).

Senate president, Godswill Akpabio reeled out the names at plenary on Thursday as follows:

Abubakar Momoh

Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar

Arch. Ahmed Dangiwa

Barr. Hannatu Musawa

Chief Uche Nnaji

Dr. Betta Edu

Dr. Dorris Aniche Uzoka

H.E. David Umahi

H.E. Nyesom Wike

H.E. Badaru Abubakar

H.E. Nasiru Ahmed Elrufai

Hon. Ekperipe Ekpo

Hon. Nkiru Onyeojiocha

Hon. Olubunmi Tunji Ojo

Hon. Stella Okotette

Hon. Uju Kennedy Ohaneye

Mr. Bello Muhammad Goronyo

Mr. Dele Alake

Mr. Lateef Fagbemi, SAN

Mr. Muhammad Idris

Mr. Olawale Edun

Mr. Waheed Adebayo Adelabu

Mrs Iman Suleiman Ibrahim

Professor Ali Pate

Professor Joseph Utsev

Senator Abubakar Kyari

Senator John Enoh

Senator Sani Abubakar Danladi.

 

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