Published On: Fri, Feb 14th, 2014

Shekarau may emerge minister

ibrahim_shekarauIndications emerged on Thursday that President Goodluck Jonathan may drop two of the 12 ministerial nominees whose names are currently before the Senate for confirmation.

It was gathered in Abuja on Thursday that a former governor of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be named a minister any moment from now.

Though a nominee from Kano, Hadjia Jamilla Salik, who is awaiting the screening of the Senate, could have her name withdrawn barring any last minute changes and replaced with that of Shekarau.

Also on Thursday, it emerged that issues surrounding the nomination of the candidate from Niger state, Asabe Asmau Ahmed were unresolved.

The Senate suspended the screening of the two nominees on Thursday, even though there was still time to take them.

Sources in the National Assembly told the Nigerian Tribune that the two nominees could be replaced at the weekend.

A source said that while Kano was initially supposed to be represented by former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ghali Umar Na’abba, a twist occurred, leading to the emergence of Salik. The name of Salik came to the Senate when discussions were ongoing with Shekarau, but it appears things are set for his nomination right now.

It was gathered that the disagreement among senators representing Niger State could affect the nomination of Asmau, who may be replaced if the issues are not resolved at the weekend.

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  1. Dajok Joshua says:

    But why should it be Shekarau?

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