Jonathan May Nominate Saraki, Others As Ministers
Presidency, in its bid to boost home support for the Peoples Democratic Party in some states where the opposition All Progressives Congress is growing strong may send a fresh list of ministerial nominees to the Senate for consideration and approval.
Those being touted as possible nominees include, a former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, his counterpart in Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, and Senator Gbemi Saraki from Kwara State.
Indication that Shekarau may be nominate as minister came to the fore when the Senate deferred the screening of Hajia Jamila Salik from Kano State last month following a directive from the Presidency that the woman had been dropped to pave the way for Shekarau.
The Presidency was also said to be considering the nomination of Bafarawa to check the growing popularity of the All Progressives Congress in the state and the rumoured ambition of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to contest the governorship election in 2015.
In the same vein, our correspondent gathered that Saraki, the daughter of the late strongman of Kwara politics, Senator Olusola Saraki, would be a comfortable bridge-builder and accessible rallying point to deliver the state from the APC being led by her elder brother, Bukola.
There is also the possibility of appointing the outgoing governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi whose tenure as governor expires in a few days to replace former minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah. Anambra is the only state yet to have a minister in the present arrangement.
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