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Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by dre11(m): 8:51am On May 16
Intense lobbying has commenced in states and Abuja as top shots of the All Progressives Congress (APC) jostle to replace eight ministers who left...


Intense lobbying has commenced in states and Abuja as top shots of the All Progressives Congress (APC) jostle to replace eight ministers who left the federal cabinet last week to pursue their 2023 ambitions.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, asked members of his cabinet who have picked forms of the party for various elective positions to resign.

Sequel to the directive, a valedictory session was organised on Friday for the ministers including, Rotimi Amaechi (Transportation), Godswill Akpabio (Niger Delta Affairs), Ogbonnaya Onu( Science, Technology and Innovation), Timipre Sylva (Petroleum Resources, State), Emeka Nwajiuba (Education, State), Uche Ogah (Mines and Steel Development), Pauline Tallen (Women Affairs) and Chief Tayo Alasoadura (Niger Delta Affairs, State).

Reports from Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Imo, Abia, Plateau and Ondo states, revealed that high power networking has since commenced by those jostling to replace the former federal cabinet members.

It was gathered that many chieftains of the ruling party in the affected states have been waiting for the exit of the ministers since the introduction of section 84(12) in the Electoral Act, which barred ministers from participating in the party’s convention, congress, and primaries while still serving in office.

Daily Trust reports that in some states, the development rekindled the hopes of aggrieved members of the party to benefit from the government. The president had only sacked two ministers Sabo Nanono (Agriculture) and Saleh Mamman (Power).

The swift moves by the chieftains were a result of the pledge of the president that he will not waste time in replacing the former cabinet members.

In Imo, Nwajiuba’s resignation ignites old rivalry

In Imo State, the resignation of Minister of State, Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, has ignited the old rivalry between the two powerful factions of the party in the state. Nwajiuba was the first presidential aspirant to purchase the party’s nomination and expression of forms.

The fight for Nwajiuba’s successor is being fought from three angles. The camp of the state Governor, Hope Uzodinma, that of Senator Rochas Okorocha and the minister’s camp. The feud between Okorocha and Uzodinma had polarised the party in the state.

Okorocha is said to be using his new rapprochement with the president to recommend one of his aides to replace Nwajiuba.

Our correspondent also gathered that Nwajiuba is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that he produces his successor.

The former minister is said to be extending his lenses to Senator Frank Ibezim, who was his assistant before he won the rerun for the Imo North senatorial zone in 2021.

President Buhari had singled-handedly chosen Nwajiuba as a minister because of his long-standing relationship with him.

Some top politicians of APC extraction in the state loyal to Uzodinma have begun eyeing the post, expecting to get the governor’s endorsement.

It’s hoped that Uzodinma, as leader of the party in the state, may recommend a replacement to President Buhari, to make up for his sidelining during Nwajiuba’s appointment.

However, Special Assistant to Uzodinma on Local Media, Modestus Nwamkpa, said that it’s entirely the president’s prerogative to fill the vacant position.

He said, “Though Governor Uzodinma may have input, just like other interested parties, the bulk stops ultimately on the table of the president.

“Don’t forget the president appointed Nwajiuba in the first place and so he also has the prerogative, maybe in consultation with the party hierarchy, to fill the vacant position.”

He said that the party has absolute confidence in the president to make the right choice.

Tallen: Pendulum swings among 3 persons

Following the resignation of Pauline Tallen, who hails from Plateau State, as Minister of Women Affairs, the names of three persons have been mentioned as a possible replacement.

They are; Architect Pam Dung, a former Coordinating Chairman of the National Prototype Housing Scheme at the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, former state Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande and Bashir Musan Sati, the former state Secretary of the APC.

However, political observers say the possibility of any of the said politicians being appointed as the minister is dependent on the approval of Governor Simon Lalong, who may possibly get the nod of the president.

Men likely to replace Alasoadura

Sources within APC in Ondo State told Daily Trust that Mr Olusola Iji may be considered as a replacement for the ministerial seat. Iji was said to be one of those penciled down at the time Alasoadura was picked for the position.

Iji is currently heading the campaign for Governor Akeredolu’s wife, Betty who is going for Senate in her Imo State.

Others who may also be considered include Bunmi Ademosu, Ademola Adegoroye and Boye Oyewumi.

Bunmi Ademosu and Ademola Adegoroye are from Ondo Central where Alasoadura hails from.

No clear position on who replaces Amaechi

There is no clear position on who will replace the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, our reporter learned from Port Harcourt.

Some of the chieftains of APC in Rivers State who spoke with our reporter under the condition of anonymity said that the picture is not very clear over who will replace him.

A chieftain of APC in the state said that everything about the resignation of the minister remains very ambiguous to them.

Addressing Kaduna State APC delegates on Sunday, Amaechi said he was yet to resign saying however that he would resign on Monday (today).

The state Publicity Secretary of APC, Senibo Chris Finebone said that he is not aware if people are lobbying for Amaechi’s replacement.

Sylva yet to resign as petroleum minister – Aide

However, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva is yet to resign his position.

His Media Assistant, Julius Bokoru, told Daily Trust that his boss has not resigned from his position.

Sylva was among the serving ministers that purchased N100 million APC presidential form to succeed President Buhari during the 2023 election.

Though it was not clear if the Sylva, a former Governor of Bayelsa State has withdrawn from the presidential race just like the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige did.

When Daily Trust probed further about Sylva’s presidential ambition, Bokoru simply said ‘Well, I cannot speak further on that for now.’

Also, the Bayelsa State Chairman of APC, Barr Dennis Otiotio, told Daily Trust that he was not aware if Sylva has resigned from his position.

Already, some party chieftains loyal to the former Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, are plotting for his return to Federal Executive Council (FEC) if Sylva resigned.

Lokpobiri, who is the leader of one of the APC factions in Bayelsa State operating from a different office in Yenagoa, with its leadership different from the one loyal to Sylva, is said to have been projected to take the slot of Bayelsa State if Sylva resigns because of his ability to use the position to empower the party faithful in the state and unite the party ahead of the general election.

A chieftain of the party who spoke with Daily Trust on condition of anonymity said with Lokpobiri at the Federal Executive Council, Bayelsa APC will be more united compared to what is going on at the moment where factions have threatened the popularity of the party in the state.

Buhari will decide on ministers who made u-turn – Shehu

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, has said only President Muhammadu Buhari will take a decision on the fate of ministers who attended the send forth ceremony but later withdrew participation in the coming primaries of the ruling party.

He said this in response to an enquiry from Daily Trust yesterday.

A text message sent to him read: “On Friday, the President bade farewell to ministers who had shown interest to run for elective positions in 2023. But a few hours later, some of the ministers who attended the ceremony made a U-turn and withdrew their participation in the party primaries.

“Some lawyers had said that it was illegal for them to return without being re-nominated by the president. Will the president re-nominate them for Senate screening and approval?”

In a terse response, the presidential spokesman said: “That is for the president to decide.”

https://dailytrust.com/aftermath-of-resignation-jostle-begins-for-vacant-ministerial-positions

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Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by KUNZEH(m): 8:54am On May 16
Ok
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by Bobloco: 9:41am On May 16
The truth is that those jostling for the vacant ministerial positions don't have any thing to offer, they are just jostling to loot the treasury

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Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by JosephXavier: 9:41am On May 16
A reminder that Buhari have just 378 days to be Nigerian president

The calamity won't be there for eternity

I urge us all to not give up because the calamity will soon be out of power and all the afflictions he brought upon this country will come to an end

Meanwhile, I urge us all to arm ourselves with our PVCs and wait to vote the right candidate that will reposition our country on the part of recovery

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Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by Lanre4uonly(m): 9:41am On May 16
It is much expected.
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by brosom(m): 9:41am On May 16
Bird's of same feathers undecided

CROOKS sad.
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by Seyi8750: 9:41am On May 16
grin

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Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by steveneche(m): 9:41am On May 16
cheesy
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by Sabadon(m): 9:41am On May 16
What do you expect, last minute rush to scrape whats left of the treasury in those ministries

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Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by Pele10: 9:42am On May 16
Another mans lost is another mans gain.
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by SegunBABA007(m): 9:42am On May 16
na so e be ?
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by Tinney104(m): 9:44am On May 16
Good morning nairalanders I know m not suppose to be doing this but I don't have any other hope Heaven Knows I need this for an interview scheduled by 11am and I don't have tfarw pls guyo pls any amount will be appreciated pls just look my side I no get how I wan reach there if u need any proof just dm pls I will show you
Ejo e shanu mi ,don't let me loose this job cry

Pls ask for my akant details ejo it's for tfare to a job interview pls pls and plz
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by iCauseTrouble: 9:47am On May 16
angry
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by DaddyGoo: 9:49am On May 16
Government is broke na the sing song at all levels.

Yet you are all fighting, spending and killing to go in there.

Who una dey deceive?

Fellow Nigerians una mumu never done.

That's why people who naturally should be no where governance in a sane country are the ones piloting our affairs.

And by extension, the course of our lives.
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by Yadid(m): 10:07am On May 16
Why are these people confused? U-turns after the valedictory session? Almost like a student going back to his/her former class after the graduation ceremony.

Let this government of strange bedfellows continue to rape the laws of the land rapaciously, posterity is taking note.
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by armadeo(m): 10:16am On May 16
Clowns everywhere.



Another set trying to devour the carcass.


These are the real vultures.
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by CoolAmbience(m): 10:17am On May 16
JosephXavier:
A reminder that Buhari have just 378 days to be Nigerian president

The calamity won't be there for eternity

I urge us all to not give up because the calamity will soon be out of power and all the afflictions he brought upon this country will come to an end

Meanwhile, I urge us all to arm ourselves with our PVCs and wait to vote the right candidate that will reposition our country on the part of recovery


You just said nothing.

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Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by JosephXavier: 10:53am On May 16
CoolAmbience:



You just said nothing.


If you didn't pick out any message from there then, your brain needs resetting
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by CoolAmbience(m): 11:31am On May 16
JosephXavier:


If you didn't pick out any message from there then, your brain needs resetting


Yours is obviously dead and buried.

Is Buhari your LGA Chairman? State House of Assembly, NASS member or Governor? Does your state not get allocation from FAAC or generate revenue internally?

That shows how bereft you are. Nigeria's challenges are localized. They reside in the states; and instead of people like you, to ask the people responsible the right questions and follow-up with necessary actions, as equal stakeholders, you choose to get on social media platforms to talk nonsense.

How is Buhari your problem? Do you know that in the FCT, Area Councils (same as LGAs) get their funds directly from the Federation account? Have you asked yourself why governors are averse to letting the judiciary and the LGAs get their funds directly?

Even if Buhari leaves tomorrow, nothing will change for the better until the states and LGAs are made to work in the overall interests of the people.

Go to a state like Delta and see decaying Stadia facilities built with billions of taxpayers money. Go to Anambra and find out the last time LGA elections were held. Are these Buhari's fault?

LGA Chairmen just collect money to pay workers salaries and periodic expenses from state governors monthly, and that is all. No projects whatsoever. Levies and dues paid by traders, businesses, markets and operators in the vast informal sector (including vulcanizers, mechanics, commercial transport operators) to LGAs, are never accounted for.

Oga, leave Buhari alone. You won't appreciate what he has done until after he has left. How long did the PDP-led FG construct the Ziks Masoleum project for? What about the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway? For how long did the 2nd Niger Bridge stay as a mere engineering design piece? What about the Warri-Itakpe Railway? Lagos-Ibadan Railway? Bonny-Bodo Bridge? Go and see the facelifts / improvements in Nigeria's key airports as well as in Agriculture. More than 30, hitherto moribund, fertilizer blending plants have been revitalized.
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by Nahunger(m): 11:35am On May 16
cheesy grin cheesy
Lol
Yam eaters going wild
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by IgOga(m): 12:11pm On May 16
Amaechi will not resign o grin. He has no leg in Rivers APC...just a joke o grin
Re: Aftermath Of Resignation: Jostle Begins For Vacant Ministerial Positions by ArewaNorth: 5:39pm On May 16
dre11:
Intense lobbying has commenced in states and Abuja as top shots of the All Progressives Congress (APC) jostle to replace eight ministers who left...




https://dailytrust.com/aftermath-of-resignation-jostle-begins-for-vacant-ministerial-positions

As for Amaechi, he will be reappointed after Primary Election cool

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