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Likely nominees for Buhari’s cabinet

With less than 20 days to  the takeover of  the  Federal Government  by the General Muhammadu  Buhari-led All Progressive Congress , APC  administration, there have been intensive lobbying by  different groups and individuals who contributed one
way or the other to the success of the party in the last presidential election to have their men  in government.
The President –elect, General Muhammadu Buhari’s residence in Daura, Kaduna and his temporary official quarters in Abuja have been turned to a Mecca of sort as different people trooped in there on daily basis to catch his eyes.
Those who are either jostling for positions in the cabinet or lobbying for their cronies  are busy collating curriculum vitae for onward distribution to Buhari.
It is however gathered that though the party will have input into the making of the cabinet but Buhari was said to have informed the party that those that will serve with him must be people of good character and who are not linked with corrupt cases either now or in the past.
Buhari , who has  been lamenting  the cost of governance  may  cut the number of ministerial nominees to the barest minimum, as he was said to have made up his mind to scrap the  ministers of state slots. Unless he bowed to pressure from his party men he may not have up to  42 cabinet ministers as the country currently has.
Sources said however that Buhari  is under intense pressure from the  APC leadership to accommodate ministers of state to at least compensate  more people in and outside the party who worked for the party’s success in the election
Aside pressure from his party, the constitution also mandated that political parties and cabinet positions reflect the “federal character” of the nation
Though the final list of the cabinet will be ratify by the party but the man at the centre of it all, General Buhari will give guideline as to what criteria must be used in the final decision by the party  as to who will form the cabinet.  Part of the condition according to sources are that those that  will make up the cabinet  would be subjected to public asset declaration and that  those whose assets run into billions  may not have a place in his government.
The APC Governors and Governors-elect also stormed Abuja last week although the reason given for the visit was to congratulate Buhari on his victory at the poll but it was clear that  the visit was to  formally inform him of their desire to have input into his cabinet.
It was also gathered that the governors may send their nominees to him  which will be more than one and  after  that, Buhari will pick  whoever he prefers among the nominees.
It was however gathered that some of those who made his transition committee list will be  in the cabinet and they include Professor  Tam David West, Rotimi Amaechi,  Festus Odimegwu, Ogbonnaya Onu,  Audu Ogbeh, and Lawal Jafaru Isa.
Amunoemi Sokari David-West popularly known as Tam David-West was born in 1936 and he  is an  academic, social critic, and former federal minister . He is seen as incorruptible and  frugal.
Born in Buguma Kalabari, Rivers State, he received his higher education at the  University of Ibadan  (1956–1958) and earned a BSc degree at Michigan State University (1958–1960), an MSc degree at  Yale University (1960–1962), and a PhD degree at McGill University  (1964–1966). David-West was consultant virologist and senior lecturer at the University of Ibadan in 1969 and was subsequently promoted to professor of virology in 1975.
He served as federal minister of petroleum and energy under General Muhammadu Buhari (1984–1985), and as minister of mines, power, and steel under General Ibrahim Babangida (1986). He is a close ally of Buhari and he may  head the Petroleum Ministry.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi is the outgoing Rivers state governor and the Director-General of the Buhari/Osinbanjo campaign team. He is also the Chairman of the Governors Forum and he remains one of the biggest winner in the just concluded presidential election. His performance as  the governor of Rivers state also puts him in good stead for a ministerial appointment.
Eze Festus Odimegwu is the immediate past chairman of the Nigeria Population Commission. He may be picked as  Minister because he is a technocrat.
Dr Ogbonaya Onu  is  one of the  founding  father of the  APC and was former Chairman of the defunct  All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP. He is seen as one who works tirelessly with other party leaders to ensure  Buhari’s  victory in the last election. He is also the first  executive governor of Abia state.
Chief Audu Ogbeh is also  a loyal party man and former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The Otukpo , Benue State- born  politician is a known farmer and may  be in charge of the Ministry of Agriculture.
Brigadier General (retired) Lawal Jafaru Isa was Military Administrator of  Kaduna State  from December 1993 to August 1996 during the military regime of General  Sani Abacha  In September 2000 he was a leading member of the newly formed Arewa Consultative Forum.
Aside from those who may be picked from the transition committee, there are others like  former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi. Fayemi was with the APC Governors  in Abuja when they went to visit Buhari . Also  Senator Chris Ngige, Governor Raji Fashola ( SAN), Mr. Nda –Isaiah, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi , Mr Rotimi Akeredolu and  Oby Ezekwesili may make Buhari’s cabinet.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi, is seen as a strong contender for a  position  in Buhari’s cabinet.  His organization of the  much cherished  and  rancour-free  as well as credible presidential primary election of the APC in Lagos late last year will be a plus for him.  Buhari emerged the APC candidate from the  Convention .  He has a Doctorate  degree in War Studies from the prestigious Kings College, University of London, England. Fayemi’s experience and extensive international contacts will be valuable for Buhari’s government.  He may be given the External Affairs Ministry
Senator Chris Ngige is a former governor of Anambra state, He recently lost his aspiration to return to the upper chambers of the national assembly for the second time and may be compensated with a ministerial post having seen over the years as  a loyal party man and  a force to reckon with in the scheme of things as far as the South-East is concerned.
Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) who is the outgoing governor of Lagos State remains one of the strong pillar of the party. His achievement in Lagos in the last eight years has been a yardstick of measure success for other governors. He may definitely be an integral part of Buhari’s cabinet.
Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, who contested the APC presidential primary with Buhari and lost has since put his loss aside and contributed positively to Buhari’s campaign. The publisher of Leadership Newspapers is one of those that will make the cabinet of Buhari when it is constituted.
Malam Bolaji Abdullahi may get a ministerial appointment with the support of his godfather, Senator Bukola Saraki. He may therefore fill the slot of Saraki/ Abdulfatah in Kwara.
A former Deputy Editor of Thisday Newspapers, Abdullahi was in April 2007 appointed as the Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology in Kwara State, a position he held until May 2011. He was later appointed as Minister of Youths and later Sports by President Goodluck Jonathan before his godfather, Saraki left the PDP and he was dropped. He may return to the Sports Ministry.
Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, (SAN), is the former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA. He also contested the governorship election in Ondo State and lost to  Governor  Olusegun Mimiko. He  is a close associate of Tinubu and may get his nod to  join the cabinet.
Oby Ezekwesili  is a former Minister of Education.   She is a Chartered accountant. She was a co-founder of Transparency International,  and served  as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti-corruption body based in  Berlin Germany. She served as Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and then as Federal Minister of Education during the second-term presidency of  Olusegun Obasanjo. She later served as the Vice-President of the World Bank’s Africa division from May 2007 to May 2012. She may  emerged as the Obasanjo’s candidate in the cabinet