Godswill Akpabio, the Senate President, is set to disclose the names of ministerial nominees during the upcoming plenary session this week.
The National Assembly’s chambers hold plenary sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
There has been considerable agitation over President Bola Tinubu’s cabinet formation, which is now two months overdue since his inauguration.
As per a recent amendment to the 1999 Constitution, the President and governors must submit the names of their nominated ministers or commissioners within 60 days of taking the oath of office. These names require the Senate or the respective state Houses of Assembly confirmation. This means that Tinubu and 28 governors must submit their lists of ministerial and commissioner nominees before the end of this month.
This week marks the final opportunity for the President to announce his ministerial nominees.
Sources within the National Assembly have revealed that the Senate President received the letter containing the nominees’ names last week.
However, some last-minute adjustments were made to the list, delaying the public announcement.
An insider stated, “The Senate President received the ministerial list last week, but it was not yet time to unveil it, which is why it was kept under wraps.”
“Additionally, there were some last-minute adjustments. The Senate President met with President Tinubu regarding the list last week.”
Another source mentioned that the administration has been cautious about avoiding backlash, delaying revealing the list.
The lawmaker affirmed that the names would be public this week, although the exact timing remains uncertain.
“The names of the ministerial nominees will be released this week. The Asiwaju-led administration is doing its best to prevent backlash, even though it may be inevitable. The names will be unveiled this week; that’s all I can say.”
Another source hinted that the names would be unveiled this week and would shock many people.
The source explained that the delay was intentional due to intense lobbying, and the details of the list are likely to surprise a lot of Nigerians.
“The list of nominees will be unveiled this week, and I assure you that the details will astonish a lot of Nigerians. I mean, many prominent politicians will be caught off guard. This will be the real Asiwaju Tsunami.”
Regarding the screening of the nominees, a senior senator mentioned that there is little complexity involved, and the process could be completed within three days to one week.
“There’s no significant issue with the screening of ministers. It can be done in three days or one week. We are even ready to hold special or emergency sessions after the regular plenary to expedite the process. But I believe the list will be announced this week.”