Three outgoing governors are reportedly in the race for President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet ahead of the inauguration of the Nigerian leader for a second term in office.
That’s not all.
National daily The Nation reports that a former Military Administrator and 15 current ministers are also running for cabinet seats.
Concise News also learned, according to the report by the aforementioned newspaper, that the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) may be zoned to the North-Central in favour of a Christian candidate.
And as regards inclusiveness, which Buhari promised after getting another mandate to lead Africa’s most populous nation, there is pressure on him to revert to a 42-man cabinet structure.
The reports says the new structure would include the constitutionally recommended 36 ministers from each state of the federation and six others representing each of Nigeria’s geopolitical zones. — if Nigeria’s number one citizen accepts the idea.
It was also learned that Women are said to be demanding more ministerial roles, including “strategic ministries”.
“Some of those seeking to be ministers include a former Military Administrator, three of the outgoing governors and no fewer than 15 of the over 30 ministers who will complete their tenure on May 22,” the newspaper quote a source as saying.
“As for the three outgoing governors, two may represent their geopolitical zones, depending on the outcome of consultations between the President and leaders from their zones.”
Buhari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar, who got 11,262,978 votes.
But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate has since rejected the result of the election, claiming it was manipulated.