Intrigues andw u-turns trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominee list on Monday.
Daily Sun gathered that the list, anticipated in Nigeria, was actually in safe hands in far-away New York where the president is attending the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
A top government source said the letter from the President requesting for the confirmation of the nominees will be taken to Senate today or Wednesday latest by the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang.
Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, told reporters in New York yesterday that it was within the timeline given by the President.
“I will not be surprised if the list is ready because it is within the timeline that the President gave. He said he will name his cabinet in September. Today (Monday) is September 28, so if it happens that it is ready, it is within the timeline,” Adesina said.
A top Presidency source, however told our correspondent that the President did not necessarily have to send Enang back to Nigeria to submit the list since he (the President) himself and his delegation are due back in the country on Tuesday.
National Assembly sources disclosed that some last minute intrigues actually forced the list from the Presidency’s hands after reports had circulated among a select crowd in the Executive that the Senate would postpone resumption of plenary today.
“The story gained currency that Senate would postpone resumption of plenary because October 1 is a public holiday and so, it was advisable to hold on to the list and put the blame on the nation not getting the ministerial list on the upper legislative chambe,” said a ranking Senator.
The National Assembly leadership reportedly got wind of the plot and instructed chairmen of media committees in both chambers to go to town with the resumption story.
Chairman of the Senate Adhoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Dino Melaye confirmed that Senate will resume plenary from its six weeks recess today.
He dismissed reports of an impending “stormy session” today even as he stated that the present challenges confronting the red chamber would be surmounted.
In a related development, the House of Representatives, may today, pass a vote of confidence on Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his deputy, Yusuf Lasun Suleiman on resumption of plenary.
Chairman of the Adhoc committee on Media and Publicity, Hon. Sani Zorro, said the House will reconvene in line with its promise to face its core business of law making and oversight.
The confidence vote on Dogara and his deputy could be to stave off attempts by some members of the House, who are loyal to aggrieved leaders of APC, but are opposed to the emergence of the duo.
Investigation by Daily Sun indicated that the House may adjourn till next Tuesday to enable members who intend to travel to their constituencies to mark Nigeria’s 55th Independence celebration to do so.
Culled from : sunnewsonline.com