Oshiomhole To Make Buhari’s New Ministerial List

By Ikenga Chronicles January 3, 2017

President Muhammadu Buhari has concluded putting finishing touches on reshuffling his cabinet as the immediate past governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole among others made the list of new ministers.

Sources revealed that the president is considering reducing the powers of the super Minister, Babatunde Fashola by allowing him to only oversee the Ministry of Power.

It was gathered on Monday night that retired diplomat and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe was being considered to return to the Presidency.

‘’Kingibe has reportedly suggested that immediate past governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole be drafted into Buhari’s cabinet together with  the former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC) Timi Alaibe’’ a source said.

He added: ‘’Oshiomhole is being tipped to man an envisioned Works and Housing Ministry, Alaibe’s possible inclusion is coming on the heels of his strong ties with stakeholders in the troubled Niger Delta.’’

It was learnt that the current occupier, Pastor Usani Uguru may be saddled with the Labour and Productivity Ministry if the new arrangement is accepted by the president.

By implication,  Babatunde Fashola may be left with the Power Ministry. Sources said that Fashola has, of recent, come under heavy scrutiny by some close allies of the president, who believed that the three ministries tucked under his arm were too much for one man.

It was also learnt that some forces within the APC believe that Fashola has not delivered on any of the fronts in any of the ministries.

But far more interesting is the reported move by the president’s unofficial handlers to ensure that the position of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF) is shifted from the North-East to the South-East.

An unnamed governor from the North-West is the arrowhead of this plot to what a source called “the need to placate the Igbo ahead of 2019.” It was further learnt that the move to take the SGF to the South-East is also aimed at galvanising some support for the APC in the zone.

An APC chieftain in the South-East said: “You know that the South-West, for obvious reasons, might not be game for the APC in 2019. The party might need to move into another area to exert influence if it must remain in power.”

Buoyed by this calculation, Science and Technology Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu and his Labour and Productivity counterpart, Chris Ngige are lobbying to clinch the position.

Apart from filling the vacancy created by the death of Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi, and the impending exit of Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, who has been appointed as Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, some ministers are expected to be dropped from the cabinet.


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