From AMOS DUNIA:
…Kayode, Orubebe, Allison-Madueke back
• Mrs. Anenih, Daggash, Maku also feature
Acting President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday submitted the first list of ministerial nominees to the President of the Senate David Mark. The letter contained 25 nominees of 18 fresh people and seven old members of the dissolved Federal Executive Council. The list, which was still being held tight
by the President of the Senate, had the names of immediate past Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr. Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN), former minister of state ministry of Niger Delta Mr. Godsday Orubebe, former minister of solid minerals, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, former minister of state, agriculture, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze, former youth minister, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi and former minister of state power, Arc. Nuhu Wya.
Others, according to Daily Sun findings include Senator Bala Mohammed who chaired the National Interest Group in the Senate that championed the cause of Dr. Jonathan becoming Acting President, former deputy governor of Nasarawa State, Mr. Labaran Maku, former women leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Mrs. Josephine Anenih and former minister of national planning, Senator Sanusi Daggash.
The list also includes Prof. M. K. Abubakar who is the Vice Chancellor of Kebbi State University, Engr. Chris Ogiemwoyi, Alhaji Murtala Yar’Adua from Katsina, Honourable Nduesi Essien, Alhaji Umaru Aliyu- Taraba, Mrs. Josephine Tapgun-Plateau, Bello Adoke, Navy Captain N. S. Odebola -Ekiti, Ndanusa Alao former managing director of the New Nigerian Newspapers Limited and Olusegun Aganga who is Managing Director of Goldman Sachs.
Daily Sun gathered that the Acting President met with the leadership of the Senate last night to map out counter offensive against the plans by the pro-Yar’Adua’s group believed to have put together huge amount of money that would be used to induce Senators to stop the screening and confirmation of the nominees.
It was gathered that based on security reports, the Acting President quickly moved to reach the President of the Senate to work out measures to effectively counter and overcome the landmines intended to stop the ministerial nominees from scaling through the hurdles of screening.
The offensive being launched by the Pro-Yar’Adua’s group is, however, going to be tough as the Senate is presently constituted with members of the National Interest Group constituting the majority in the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly.
Meanwhile, the Senate has resolved to put on hold its scheduled Easter recess earlier planned to commence tomorrow.
Accordingly, it is now to proceed on the holidays on April 1, to allow them time to complete the screening of the ministerial nominees
Chairman of Senate Committee on Information and Media, Senator Ayogu Eze told journalists earlier in the day that the Senate would have to ensure the screening of the ministerial nominees before it could proceed on recess.
According to Senator Eze; “In fulfillment of our obligation and commitment to the people of Nigeria we cut our holiday short by one week. So, instead of starting on the 26th our holiday will now start on the 2nd of April, so we have sacrificed one week to wait for the list and make sure we screen them as soon as they come and make sure that the Acting President has the number ministers and the assistance that he needs to deliver on the work at hand. We are staying back specifically to finish the work of this Constitution and then finish the issue of ministerial nominee and we are expecting that that will come shortly, tomorrow or after tomorrow.”
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