Sunday 10 May 2015

Buhari Shocks APC Governors, Rejects Ministerial List

PRESIDENT-elect, General Muhammadu
Buhari appeared to have dashed the
hopes of the governors elected on the
platform of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) when he rejected their plans to
submit a ministerial list to him.

The APC governors, led by Governor
Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, had, last
Tuesday, visited Buhari in Abuja to pledge
loyalty and make some demands.

At the meeting, some requests were
placed on the table openly, while the
request to drop the list of possible
ministers came up for discussion behind
the closed door.
Sources close to the meeting between the
governors and General Buhari indicated
that the state chief executives came out
of the visit with heavy minds.

Planning to maintain the tradition already
instituted by the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) where the state governors as
party leaders in the states are requested
to submit list of possible ministers and
Ambassadorial appointees to the
president, the governors threw the
request at Buhari.

But it was learnt that the General rejected
the proposal and declared that the
Constitution does not mandate him to
take a list of ministerial nominees from

The president-elect was also said to have
rejected the call for a bailout for the
states that have been unable to pay
salaries, with a source informing Sunday
Tribune that the General flatly rejected
the proposal, saying the he was aware the
Federal Government was not owing the
states their allocations.

A source close to the discussion told the
Sunday Tribune that General Buhari told
the governors that those of them in their
second terms could not complain about
the state of government finances, as they
have all been collecting allocations from
the Federal Government all along.
A source in the know said: “The
governors practically went out of the
visit with their tails between their legs.

The General first threw aside the request
that he grant bailout to the states.
He told them that the governors going
for second term in office cannot complain
about the state of the economy, having
collected all their allocations to date from
the Federal Government. He ruled out
the possibility of bailout.

“The General was also very unequivocal
when he was told that the governors
want to submit a ministerial list to him.
He clearly said he cannot go into that
discussion. He insisted that the
Constitution does not mandate him to
collect such list from the governors and
that the state chief executives should
concentrate on sourcing good materials
that would help them run the states

The source quoted Buhari as saying that
“I do not think we can discuss that issue
of Ministerial list.
The Constitution clearly does not
mandate me to take a list from the

To me, the governors should concentrate
on getting good hands to help them in
discharging their duties in the states.”

The APC governors had made a meal out
of their meeting with General Buhari last
week, with media reports indicating that
they were in Abuja to submit ministerial
lists to the president-elect.

But the sources said that they left the
meeting disappointed, as the General
turned down their two major requests.

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