fayemiUncertainty has enveloped
the purported inclusion of former
Governors Rotimi Amaechi of
Rivers State, Babatunde Fashola
of Lagos State and Kayode
Fayemi of Ekiti state in the list of
ministerial nominees transmitted
to the Senate last Wednesday by
President Muhammadu Buhari.
Earlier reports from security
sources suggest that the trio
failed security test over some
controversies surrounding the
handling of public funds during
their tenure as governors.
Amaechi did not appear before
the Rivers State Commission
of Inquiry, headed by Justice
George Omereji, to respond to
charges of misuse of state funds
running into several billions and
other actions of his government
on matters such as the status
of the power assets of the state,
the proposed Justice Adolphus
Karibi Whyte Hospital, Olympia
Hotel and others.
Rather than defend himself
before the Judicial Commission
of Inquiry, Amaechi approached
a High Court in Port Harcourt to
stop the commission but Justice
Simeon Amadi, in his ruling,
said the commission should go
ahead with the investigation,
noting that it was not looking
into the private life of Amaechi
but his activities as governor
and, to that extent, as they
affected Rivers people.
Former Lagos state governor,
Fashola, was recently put on the
spot by his successor when the
Lagos State government released
the whooping amount Fashola
spent in updating his personal
websites and construction of two
Our findings revealed
that when the three former
governors were listed among
the list of ministerial nominees,
the revelation caused disquiet
within the presidency and the
All Progressives Congress as
Nigerians queried the sincerity
of the Buhari administration to tackle corruption.
Our sources revealed that
President Buhari had insisted that
the Department of State Security
must not clear any nominee that
is having any corruption case
hanging on their head.
According to one of our sources,
who is also on the list of the
ministerial nominees after being
cleared by the DSS, the Nigerian
leader is uncompromising that
any one that has any case or
petition pending before any of
the anti-graft agencies must clear
themselves before he will give
them any appointment.
Some political leaders had
reacted negatively to the reported
inclusion of some politicians that
have questions to answer on the
ministerial list.
According to reports, the
presidential candidate of the
National Conscience Party in
the last general elections, Chief
Martin Onovo wondered why
Buhari took so long in appointing
ministers when he knew that
he would still nominate those
who had integrity and moral
questions to answer.
In his own reaction the Labour
Party National Secretary, Kayode
Ajulo said the ministerial list fell
short of the expectation of many
A rights activist and political
analyst, Olawale Famurewa, said
he and many other Nigerians
would be disappointed if Buhari
failed to appoint people with
clean records after many months
of waiting.
Worried by the negative public
reaction to the inclusion of some
former public officers that are
facing integrity test on the list of
ministerial nominees, the APC at
the weekend advised Nigerians
not to accept in its entirety the list
being circulated around and wait
till the Senate resumes this week.
According to the APC national
publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, “Unfortunately,
the Senate is yet to read the list,
so whatever you read anywhere
is mere speculation. Not until
the Senate President reads out
the list on Tuesday, it will be too
premature for anybody to start
making a comment on who and
who is on the list,” he said.

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