A report by New Telegraph chronicles how the efforts by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to foist their ministerial nominees on President Muhammadu Buhari was rejected by the president.
According to the report, Tinubu did not have his way in his quest to nominate Mr Yemi Cardoso as a nominee from Lagos state while Osinbajo failed in his move to convince the president to bring on board popular human rights laawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) as a nominee from Ekiti state.
Buhari was said to have ignored the suggestions of Osinbajo and Tinubu based on his believe that Fashola and Fayemi worked commendably during his electioneering campaign.
Fayemi was the chairman of the APC National Convention in Lagos where Buhari emerged as the party’s presidential candidate and was the Director, Directorate of Policy and Strategy of the APC Presidential Campaign Council. On his part, Fashola was chairman of the presidential fundraising committee.
The president was said to have also also justified the choice of Mr Adebayo Shittu as Oyo State ministerial nominee because Shittu has been with him since his days in the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
Shittu, a 2007 CPC governorship candidate in Oyo State, is reportedly not on good terms with Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
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Meanwhile, there are indications that the Oyo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is strongly against the nomination of Shittu as minister from the state.
Recall that a list surfaced online with some names which are supposedly Buhari’s nominees. Among the names was Shittu, who was said to have been nominated by the president.
In a related development, some APC chieftains whose names are reportedly on the ministerial have started lobbying senators so they can successfully scale the screening process billed for Wednesday, October 7. Some others are said to have gone spiritual, embarking on intensive prayer sessions to come out unscathed aster the exercise.