By Chinwendu Nnadozie, Minna


Lobbyists have intensified pressure on the two former military Heads of State, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), and Gen. Abdulsalami Abubarkar, to be included on the list of the All Progressive Congress (APC) cabinet being awaited, including that of aides to the governor’s wife.

Already, the wife of Niger State Governor, Dr. Amina Abubarkar Sani Bello, is also facing daunting task in choosing her Press Secretary among no fewer than five contenders to the position if feelers from the first family in the state are to go by.

Some of the lobbyists may have lost out in the power game, as Dr. Ibraheem Dooba, a London trained journalist, had been made the Chief Press Secretary.

While All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state is rooting for an outsider who had worked for the party for the seat, a source close to the new administration gave the challenges facing the three contenders from Niger State to include their past as two of them are divorcees

The source further hinted that, while religion and tribal considerations are being used to blacklist the non-indigenes, considering any of the two divorcees; one a Christian and the other a Moslem for the post will only paint a picture of the governor’s wife encouraging divorce against the lobbyists’ arguments that ‘divorce or no divorce does not matter’.

Notwithstanding their academic qualifications, our correspondent learnt that those insisting that none of the two persons should be considered to work for the governor’s wife office because their status is not only being viewed as alien in the African clime but against Nigerian culture, a clear variation from what the office of the governor’s wife should be promoting among young girls.

Meanwhile, Maimuna Kolo has been appointed as Press Secretary to Niger State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Ketso. She is the first woman to occupy the office in Niger State.

Until her appointment as Press Secretary to the deputy governor, Kolo was the chairperson, Radio Television, Theatre Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU), Niger State Television (NSTV) chapter.

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