Wednesday, 8 April 2015

GMB And Tinubu Disagree On Ministers, Transition Team?

After a private meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, the President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari may have constitute its transition team which will consist of politicians and private sector players.

Buhari’s transition team, which is expected to be announced soon is expected to commence work with the presidency after the governorship and state assembly elections to ensure will focus on the smooth handover from the Jonathan
administration to his administration to ensure continuity in governance.

Indication however emerged that the National leader of APC, Alhaji Bola Tinubu has drawn up the list of the transition team. A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said he was aware that Buhari wants a good mix of politicians and private sector players as members, and would likely review the list of members already drawn up by former Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu.

"I can tell you with certainty that the president-elect’s transition committee will comprise politicians and private sector members.

"We are also aware that Tinubu has drawn up a list on who he would like to see on the committee, but Buhari is likely to review the list,” he said.

The APC chieftain further disclosed that when the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation was set up in December, Tinubu appointed all the directors on the team until it was changed.

"You would recall that we had the likes of Dele Alake, a Tinubu loyalist, appointed as Communications Director and what have you, but he was dropped for Garba Shehu a few weeks later,” he said.

On Tinubu’s expectations on the transition committee and key ministerial posts in Buhari’s cabinet, the source who is of northern origin, said people close to Buhari are aware that Tinubu has zeroed in on who should be appointed to the Finance, Petroleum and Justices Ministries, among others, but would be hugely disappointed.

"We are aware that he wants to recommend the Deputy Managing Director of Oando Plc, Mr. Mofe Boyo, as Minister of Petroleum Resources; his former Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Wale Edu, as Minister of Finance; and someone else for the Ministry of Justice.

"But it is not clear what the final decision will be, as Buhari, though reticent and tends to keep things close to his chest, has to find the right balance between meeting the expectations of Tinubu, the five governors who defected from the PDP to APC, and members of Buhari’s team who have been with him during his 12-year quest for the presidency,” he revealed.

The source also confirmed that since Buhari’s victory at the presidential election, his residence in Abuja has been besieged by hundreds of well wishers and those seeking political appointments.

"They have been dropping their CVs with him. I am sure he has probably received over a thousand of them. But that is the nature of Nigerian politics,” he said.

However the President elect has been warned by close associates from the North against yielding too much to Tinubu’s demands, even though the latter was the prime mover behind the merger talks that led to the emergence of a virile opposition in the form of APC.

Their argument is that Buhari has already conceded the vice-presidential slot to Tinubu, and so the former Lagos governor should make his demands reasonable.

It was learnt that if the realignment of northern forces behind Buhari are not handled with tact, cracks are likely to emerge in the APC sooner rather than later.

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