Written by Taiwo Adisa and Okey Muogbo:

• Orubebe, Njeze, Wya, Olasunkanmi, also
• Ex-speaker Masari, Daggash, Shehu Yar’Adua’s son, 15 others make list
• How govs protected their interests

ACTING President  Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday evening, sent the names of 25 ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening.  The Acting President, sent the list to Senate President, David Mark, through the Presidential Liaison on National Assembly Matters, Honourable Cairo Ojugboh, and the list would be presented to the Senate in plenary today.

The nominees will also be screened in the Senate plenary on Thursday.

Sources in the National Assembly confirmed that only seven of the former ministers made it to the Senate for fresh confirmation.

They include the former Minister of Solid Minerals, Mrs Diezani Allison Madueke; former Minister of Youth Development, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi; former Minister of State (Power), Mr Nuhu Somo Wya; Minister of State, Agriculture and Water Resources, Mrs. Fidelia Akwabata Njeze; former Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN);  former Minister of State (Petroleum), Mr. Odein Ajumogobia (SAN) and  Mr Godsday Orubebe, former Minister of State for Niger Delta.

Of the 25 names sent to the Senate for screening,  seven were returning ministers, while 18 were new faces.

One of the new entrants who will represent Lagos is the Managing Director of Goldman Sachs Limited, London, Mr Olusegun Aganga. He is regarded as a top global investment banker.

The list include: Mrs Diezani Allison-Madueke;  Mr Nuhu Sumo Wya; Odion Ajumogobia; Mrs Fidelia Njeze; Mr Adetokunbo Kayode; Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi and Godsday Orubebe.

The new ones include  Josephine Anenih (Anambra);  Vice Chancellor, Kebbi State University, Professor M. K. Abubakar (Kebbi);  former Military Administrator, Bayelsa State, Navy Captain N. S. Olubolade (Ekiti);   Chris Ogienwonyi (Edo); Ndanusa Alao (Kogi State); Alhaji Murtala Yar’Adua (Katsina); Honourable Nduese Esseien (Akwa Ibom) and Alhaji Umaru Aliyu (Taraba).

Others are Alhaji Abubakar Mohammed (Gombe); Olusegun  Aganga (Lagos); Labran Maku (Nasarawa); Senator Sanusi Daggash; Emeka Wogu (Abia);  Bello Adoke; Mrs Josephine Tapgun (Plateau); Adamu Maina Waziri (Yobe); Captain Ernest Odebola and Suleiman Bello.

Sources confirmed that Aganga was prevailed upon to leave his United Kingdom (UK) base to give face to the emerging government.

It was also gathered that some of the former ministers who were nominated for reappointment still had question marks on their names by the security outfits.

Sources said any of them who was left off the hook by the security outfits would be sent to the Senate.

But the fate of the former Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili, appeared to have taken a different turn, as it was gathered that she would not be returning to the cabinet.

It was gathered that the government had listed three options for her .

Sources said she had been placed on the list of likely replacements for the chairmanship of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the National Communications Commission (NCC), while she was also being listed to fill Nigeria’s slot in the United Nations (UN).

The source said the woman was being given the option of picking one of the slots mentioned above.

Senate President, David Mark and Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, it was gathered, went into a crucial meeting on the list.

This lasted for about two hours.

Also, after the meeting, the Senate President and his principal officers went into another meeting, where they discussed the modalities for the screening of the new ministerial nominees.

Meanwhile, unsure of promises from Acting President Jonathan, most state governors relocated to Abuja to ensure that their candidates for ministerial appointments were not dropped at the last minute.

Not only were they in Abuja, the governors also made visits to the Presidential Villa, on Monday and Tuesday, to monitor the ministerial list that was sent to the Senate.

They came under one guise or the other to see Jonathan and left after getting assurance that their candidates were on the list.

A source in the Villa who confided in State House correspondents on the matter said, “their presence here is not unconnected to the main issue in town, that is, the matter of the new ministers whose names are being submitted to the Senate.

“Of course, no governor wants to take anything for granted and for fear that anything may happen, they had to come and ensure that the names they submitted are intact.”

However, the source said despite their antics, the acting president might still surprise many of them by dropping their nominees for his preferred candidates.


•Mrs. Diezani Allison Madueke
•Arch. Nuhu Sumo Wya
•Mr Odion Ajumogobia (SAN)
•Mrs Fidelia Njeze
•Prince Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN)
•Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi
•Mr Godsday Orubebe

New Entrants
•Mrs Josephine Anenih (Anambra)
•Prof. M.K. Abubakar (Kebbi),
(Vice Chancellor Kebbi State University)
•Navy Captain N.S. Olubolade (Ekiti),
(former Military Administrator, Bayelsa State)
•Mr Chris Ogienwonyi(Edo)
•Ndanusa Alao (Kogi State)
•Alhaji Murtala Yar’Adua (Katsina)
•Hon. Nduese Essien (Akwa Ibom)
•Alhaji Umaru Aliyu (Taraba)
•Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Mohammed (Gombe)
•Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga (Lagos) Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
•Labran Maku (Nasarawa), former deputy governor
•Senator Sanusi Daggash
•Emeka Wogu (Abia )
•Bello Adoke
•Mrs. Josephine Tapgun (Plateau)
•Adamu Maina Waziri (Yobe)
•Capt. Ernest Odebola
•Mr Suleiman Bello

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