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Tinubu’s Ministerial Nominees Soon to Hit Senate Floor, Reports Indicate

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ABUJA, Nigeria – Following constitutional provisions, President Bola Tinubu is poised to send the list of ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening within the week, barring any unforeseen changes.

Under Nigerian law, the President must forward the list of ministerial nominees to the National Assembly within 60 days of assuming office.

President Tinubu’s administration commenced on May 29, 2023, when he took over leadership from former President Muhammadu Buhari.

This leaves him about 10 days to form his cabinet, in line with the 60-day constitutional provision.

Presidency insiders hinted that the ministerial nominee list has been in preparation for quite some time, but there have been some adjustments recently.

Speaking anonymously, a source from the Presidency disclosed: “The list of ministerial nominees has been ready since, but the President has made some changes in some states.”

The source further added: “The list is expected to be forwarded to the National Assembly between Wednesday and Thursday, except there is any development that could delay it again further.

The President is supposed to constitute his cabinet by July 26, 2023, latest. So, I am sure that the list will be sent to the Senate this week.”

In recent times, various rumored ministerial lists have been circulating, keeping Nigerians on their toes about who would make the cut and whether there would be a national unity government, as speculated in some quarters.

Dele Alake, the presidential spokesman, recently affirmed that the decision of when to submit the nominees list to the National Assembly and who will be included rests solely with President Tinubu.

He reassured Nigerians that the list will be made public before the expiration of the 60 days.

Tinubu’s Riddle: 6 Weeks In, Aso Rock Presidential Villa Remains Unoccupied

President Bola Tinubu has not yet moved into his official residence at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja more than six weeks after his inauguration.

While President Tinubu actively utilizes his private conference room, office space, and the Aso Chambers for crucial meetings with both domestic and international guests, his official residence to the east of the office remains unoccupied.

After his inauguration on the afternoon of May 29, 2023, President Tinubu attended a lunch at the State Banquet Hall with fellow Heads of State and country representatives who attended the ceremony at Eagles Square, Abuja.

However, at the end of each workday, his convoy bypasses the official residence, exits the Villa, and heads to his private mansion in Maitama.

The same routine applies to his daily arrival at the office.

The ongoing renovations, which started in late April when former President Muhammadu Buhari moved out of the 32-year-old structure into a temporary residence named the Glass House, might be the cause.

Weeks before President Tinubu’s inauguration on May 6, 2023, maintenance work started in the Villa, involving repainting worn-out sections and replacing furniture in the green room of the Council Chamber, among other tasks.

Garba Shehu, a spokesman for former President Buhari, tweeted a photo captioned, “Painter at work. Villa wearing a new look for the incoming President.”

An insider source informed us that, like his predecessors, President Tinubu was expected to decide on the type of furniture to be installed in his official residence.

While former President Buhari moved into his new residence nearly three weeks after his inauguration, the same cannot be expected of President Tinubu, who moved in eight years after a previous occupier.

A senior source at the State House explained, “These things are relative. It is not fixed at all. Goodluck Jonathan stayed for five years, and Buhari stayed for eight years. So, the level of repairs needed this time must have increased. There may be major alterations they are trying to do.”

Another source commented on individual preferences, stating President Tinubu moved into office when he assumed power.

Despite the President’s delay in moving in, the Aso Rock Chapel holds weekly meetings. However, the First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, has not attended any worship sessions.

Mrs Tinubu clarified in a statement that President Tinubu had not yet appointed a chaplain for the Aso Villa Chapel following the departure of the former Chaplain, Seyi Malomo.

She dismissed social media claims that the Aso Villa Chapel had been shut down, stating, “Our attention has been drawn to a story on social media about the purported closure of the Aso Rock Chapel by the First Lady; we wish to state categorically that this is a fabrication and a false representation of the true situation.”

The former chaplain could not be reached for comment when filing this report.

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