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Monday, 11 May 2015

POLITICS: Buhari reportedly rejects ministerial list from APC governors

President-elect Buhari appeared to have dashed the hopes of the governors elected on the platform of the APC when he rejected their plans to submit a ministerial list to him. The APC governors, led by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, had, last Tuesday, visited Buhari in Abuja to pledge loyalty and make some demands. At the meeting, some requests were placed on the table openly, while the request to drop the list of possible ministers came up for discussion behind the closed door.
Sources close to the meeting between the governors and General Buhari indicated that the state chief executives came out of the visit with heavy minds.

Planning to maintain the tradition already instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where the state governors as party leaders in the states are requested to submit list of possible ministers and Ambassadorial appointees to the president, the governors threw the request at Buhari.

But it was learnt that the General rejected the proposal and declared that the Constitution does not mandate him to take a list of ministerial nominees from them.

The president-elect was also said to have rejected the call for a bailout for the states that have been unable to pay salaries, with a source informing Sunday Tribune that the General flatly rejected the proposal, saying the he was aware the Federal Government was not owing the states their allocations.

A source close to the discussion told the Sunday Tribune that General Buhari told the governors that those of them in their second terms could not complain about the state of government finances, as they have all been collecting allocations from the Federal Government all along.

The source quoted Buhari as saying that “I do not think we can discuss that issue of Ministerial list. The Constitution clearly does not mandate me to take a list from the governors. To me, the governors should concentrate on getting good hands to help them in discharging their duties in the states.”

Credit: Nigerian Tribune

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Yvonne Onaibe

He shouldn't bite the hands that fed him o#justsayingtho

But make these APC people rest small na

Sanwi Enu-olare Amonieka

This is incredible

Jehoha Dacoolboy Angelben

‪#‎speechless‬.....hope hiz makin d rith decisions,must dey imposed criminals to him,he shuld get gud minded naija's dat cn listen nd obey him nd nt pple dat will take orders frm deir god fada's

Enyinda Nathaniel Okey

dem go start to fall out soon

Jesse Osayande Vucinic Ehiagwina

That's the way to go. Govs have gotten too powerful IMO. Its just the same though as Prez's have gotten too powerful too. I do agree with him on this issue though. Govs should focus on their states and they should pay their workers. Power struggle might ensue in the end and if that does, the North would always win.

Wass Demo

I laugh, funny scenario, I wonder it's only in Nigeria you give somebody a ram and you are still holding the rope.Governors are becoming NFF who gave Keshi job and still require being vital in his team selection. They should allow him so that we know who to blame in case of failure.Or have they asked him to bring his candidates in their cabinets? Must he follow PDP ways?I wonder how our people reason. I am not a politician and not ready to be one but this is a bold step towards reform. I think I make sense.

John Asukwo

That's welcomed, if only localised indirect rule to make naira=dollar, fuel=40 naira, free education=all Nigerians, N5000 = to all poor Nigerians, but not paying N9bn as allowance to lawmakers and ministers.

Edobor John

Am waiting 4 baba to go there so dat i can c things with my eyes. I dnt belv in all ds headline.

Olajide Young Johnson

That is fine for me!

Eze Solomon Emeka

I saw it coming.

Henry Bartholomew

I like this.

Helen Illoh

This is good news if its actually true!!

Queen Benita Chukwu

hmm. Nigeria great people,great nation. shey na like this we go dey day..............fundermental craze. let's be transparent enough.love that .nice one.

Prince Igiewe Esosa Peter

That is the right thing to do. The governors should focus on their state and those owning salaries should pay. They should be responsible.

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