Paul Ibe, Spokesperson of Atiku, made this known in a tweet on his official Twitter page on Tuesday.
Ibe accused Buhari of deflecting the attention of the country from the clash between Shi’ite and police with the release of the ministerial list.
He said Buhari used his 43-man ministerial list to deflect the narrative of the ‘avoidable’ death of about 13 persons during a shiites protest against the continued detention of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
“Buhari releases ministerial list ostensibly to deflect the narrative of the avoidable deaths following the Shiites protest of Monday,” Ibe tweeted.
Concise News reports that Buhari on Tuesday forwarded the list of ministerial nominees, including Gbemisola Saraki and senor lawyer Festus Kayamo, to Senate for confirmation after a long wait.
It was learned that Buhari forwarded 43 names, which also include former ministers Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonnaya Onu.
Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, was said to have personally submitted the ministerial list to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan in the early hours of Tuesday.
Lawan named former Osun Governor Rauf Aregbesola, former Benue Governor George Akume and former Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva as other names.
Senator Godswill Akpabio also made the list.
After reading the names of the nominees, Lawan announced that screening and confirmation of the nominees would begin on Wednesday.
According to the Senate President, other legislative activities in the chamber would take back seat to ensure the speedy completion of the screening.
Eleven out of the 43-name ministerial list were reappointed.
The full list as submitted by President Buhari included:
Uchechukwu Oga (Abia State), Muhammadu Musa Bello (Adamawa), Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Senator Chris Ngige, and Sharon Ikeazor (Anambra), Adamu Adamu and Ambassador Mariah Katagum (Bauchi).
Others are Timipreye Sylva (Bayelsa), Senator George Akume (Benue State), Mustapha Baba (Borno State), Goody Eddy Agba (Cross Rivers), Festus Keyamo (Delta State), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (Ebonyi State).
Also included in the list of nominees are: Dr. Osagie Ehinire, Clement Agba (Edo State), Richard Adeniyi Adebayo (Ekiti State), Geoffrey Onyema (Enugu State), Ali Isa Ibrahim Patami (Gombe State), Emeka Nwajuba (Imo State), Suleiman H.Adamu (Jigawa State), Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, Dr. Muhammed Mahmood (Kaduna)
Also listed by President Buhari were Sabo Nanono and Major General Salihi Magashi (rtd) (Kano State), Senator Hadhi Sirika (Katsina), Abubakar Malami (Kebbi State), Ramatu Tijjani (Kogi), Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Gbemisola Saraki (Kwara State).
Babatunde Raji Fasola and Adeleke Mamora (Lagos State), Mohammed Abdullahi (Nasarawa), Architect Olamilekan Adegbiti (Ogun State), Ambassador Zuberu Dada (Niger State), Senator Tayo Alasoadura (Ondo State), Rauf Aregbesola, Sunday Dare (Oyo State), Pauline Tallen (Plateau State), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State) also made the list.
President Buhari also nominated Muhammed Margarito Danhyaddi (Sokoto State), Saleh Mamman (Taraba State), Abubakar Ali (Yobe State) and Sadia Umar Farooq (Zamfara State.)