Anxiety as Tinubu yet to send ministerial list to N/Assembly 48hrs to deadline

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is yet to send the list of his ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening and confirmation 48 hours before the deadline.

The delay by the president to unveil his cabinet had heightened expectations from Nigerians, who are keenly waiting for the list of ministers that would assist the president to deliver his Renewed Hope Agenda.

Tinubu has till Friday, July 28, to submit the list to the Senate in line with section 42(a) of the constitution, which states that “The nomination of any person to the office of a minister for confirmation by the Senate shall be done within sixty days after the date the president has taken the oath of office”.

The President is said to be is running final checks on list after security and anti-graft agencies completed the necessary checks on the nominees .

The Senate Leader, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele on Tuesday disclosed that the much-expected ministerial list will be received by the Senate in the next 48 hours.

Speaking at his 60th birthday anniversary lecture and book presentation in Abuja , the senator said President Tinubu told him Tuesday morning that he would not be able to attend his birthday lecture because of the communication he needed to submit to the Senate.

Bamidele, who served as Tinubu’s Senior Legislative Aide (SLA) in 1992 when the latter was a senator, quoted the president as saying: “Let me tell you, I need to make myself unavailable for the next 48 hours because a correspondence must come to the Senate, a very crucial correspondence.”

He further said: “So, Mr President prayed for me. We should tell the rest of the Nigerians to pray to be able to make the right decision so that when Nigerians hear the list of his ministers, they will say yes; this is uncommon, and joins us to pray for Mr. President. He needed to be away from any kind of influence.”

Some weeks ago, speculations were rife about the identities of the ministerial nominees but Dele Alake, the Presidential spokesman, had described the lists in circulation as “mere fabrications”.

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