Jonathan Insists On Clean Records on Ministerial Nominees

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There were indications, yesterday, that President Goodluck Jonathan

was planning to put aside the lists sent by state chapters of the

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, based on his insistence for clean

records from those that would play leading roles in his new

government.

 

The President’s inclination followed the furore that trailed the

submission of nominations by state chapters of the PDP, and his

determination to hit the ground running immediately the cabinet is

reconstituted.

 

It was also gathered, yesterday, that the Presidency had already

forwarded names of the ministerial nominees to security agencies for

screening preparatory to submission to the Senate.

 

Prior to his hesitation, the President was said to have pruned the ten

names earlier forwarded by the state chapters of the PDP to two per

state.

 

The President’s vacillation on the submission from PDP chapters, it

was learnt, may have been reinforced by the same circumstances that

placed the former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim above Chief Ojo

Maduekwe in the choice of Secretary to the Government of the

Federation, SGF.

 

That scenario, it was learnt, will be repeated in the choice of ministers.

Usually reliable Presidency sources said “The party had presented

Chief Ojo Maduekwe’s name to the President for approval as SGF but

after a long perusal the President said he preferred a personality

whose appointment would generate no controversy. He then decided on

Senator Anyim.”

It would be recalled that Chief Maduekwe touched Igbo sensibilities

after allegedly saying in 2003 that aspirations towards Igbo

presidency at that time was idiotic.

 

The source said: “If this stance by the President is extended to

choice of ministers, which is most likely,  it will block the chances

of many people on the PDP lists.”

 

Those whose names were presented for appointments that may be

negatively affected include the Speaker of the House of

Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, whose is reportedly having a running

battle with his colleagues over a N10billion loan and other sundry

issues.

 

Also, virtually all the names of immediate past governors being

bandied as having issues to settle with the Economic and Financial

Crimes Commission, EFCC, are on the lists from their states,

recommending them for appointment as ministers

 

They include former governors Adebayo Alao Akala of Oyo State; Gbenga

Daniel of Ogun State; and Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State. Names of other

ex_governors being bandied as being under investigation by the EFCC,

are Ibrahim Shekarau,  Kano State; Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi, Zamfara

State; Senator Ali Modu Sheriff,  Borno State; and Alhaji Aliyu Akwe

Doma, Nasarawa State.

 

Also featured on the lists from their states are names of former

governors Segun Agagu, Ondo State; Segun Oni, Ekiti State; and Prince

Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Osun State.

 

The same inclination towards avoiding controversy was, yesterday, said

to be affecting the prospects of the immediate past governor of Kano

State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau in the new government.

 

In a bid to strengthen its tentacles in the North, the Presidency had

invited Ibrahim Shekarau who was the presidential candidate of the All

Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP into his new government.

 

Though the role Ibrahim Shekarau was invited to play could not be

confirmed, there were indications, yesterday, that the invitation may

hit the rocks if the President should also use the same parameters he

is alleged to have employed in pruning the submissions from the PDP.


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