How Jonathan Intends to Prosecute 2015 Now Getting Clearer
President Goodluck Jonathan is at present showing his hand in the matter of the 2015 election though he is yet to publicly announce what many already know that he is desperately angling for a second term. Some presidential guns had earlier proposed to the president to appoint powerful ministers to checkmate state governors that are stridently opposed to his second term particularly in the big votes poling North-west and South-west. He seems to have bought the idea hook, line and sinker.
The president went after some influential politicians in those states and gave them ministerial appointments. One of them is Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali who was formerly Nigeria’s Ambassador to China. Wali hails from Kano where the President has Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to contend with in seeking the massive votes in the state. Now, all in a bid to checkmate Kwankwaso, he had also nominated former governor of the state and ex-presidential aspirant, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, for ministerial appointment. Shekarau was a director-general in the state education ministry during kwankwaso’s first term as governor between 1999 and 2003. Shekarau later contested the 2003 governorship election on the defunct All Peoples Party platform and defeated Kwankwaso in 2003. He did his two terms in office (2003-2011) only for Kwankwaso to return as governor in 2011. Shekarau’s All Nigeria Peoples Party had coalesced with other parties like Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Progressives Change and a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance from the South-east to from the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress. But with the defection of Kwankwaso from PDP to APC, Shekarau became uncomfortable in APC and more so when the opposition party handed over the leadership and control of the party in states to their governors, Shekarau and former Sokoto State governor Attahitu Bafarawa who faced a similar situation in Sokoto were reached out to by PDP and dangled all kinds of carrots until they left APC for the party. Now Shekarau is a would-be minister to confront Kwankwaso on behalf of Jonathan in Kano for 2015 poll.
In a letter to the Senate, which was read at Wednesday’s plenary, President Jonathan also nominated Mr. Stephen Oruh (Delta State), Prince Adedayo Adeyeye (Ekiti State) and Dr. Abdul Bulama (Yobe State) as ministers.
In the letter the president addressed to the senators through the Senate President, David Mark, he said it was done in accordance with the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“In accordance with section 147 sub section 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, I have the honour to forward the underlisted ministerial nominees for consideration for senate confirmation.”
The letter, which was read by Mark, said that the Curriculum Vitae of all the nominees were attached to the letter.
Ministers of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Godsday Orubebe (Delta); Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade (Ekiti), and Finance, Mr. Yerima Ngama, had resigned their appointments a few months ago and three nominated ministers may fill their slots.