As Nigerians await the announcement of ministers in the newly inaugurated government of President Muhammadu Buhari, indications have emerged that the president has snubbed the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in short-listing names of competent Nigerians that would constitute his cabinet.
Sundiata Post reports that instead of doing the expected – liaise with the APC leadership, especially the party’s National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu – President Buhari has chosen to seek advice from immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan on those to make up the next Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Asides Jonathan, President Buhari is reportedly seeking advice from former leaders like Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Olusegun Obasanjo, Yakubu Gowon, and Shehu Shagari.
The report availed that President Buhari’s action was “leaked” last weekend when friends of the newly appointed Special Adviser to President Buhari on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, paid a “thank you” visit at the Defence House.
Further investigations reveal that President Buhari’s decision is as a result of some “unrealistic” demands from the former Lagos State Governor.
As expected, the decision has not gone down well with Tinubu and the APC party leadership who have been left in the dark as to major decisions of the new President.
After the said meeting, President Buhari was quoted as saying stick to the promise he made during his inaugural speech of “belonging to nobody” and running an all-inclusive government, although Tinubu and his APC cohorts would prefer to be “pilots of the Nigerian aircraft.”
Another anonymous source at President Buhari’s temporary residence, Defence House said: “Nigerians will be shocked when President Buhari completes the list of who becomes ministers, advisers and all other key positions in a few weeks.
“By the time the National Assembly receives the list, even Tinubu will be shocked because like the man said during the inauguration he is ready to work for everybody and nobody”.