Ministerial list: Fresh nomination crisis in South-West APC-Sunday Tribune

FRONT-row gladiators of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) in the South-West are locked in a battle of wits,
following the release of ministerial nominees in four
states, with fierce battle raging over the control of the
outstanding two, Sunday Tribune has learnt from
parties in the crisis.
The final pick from three states of Lagos, Ekiti and
Oyo, were said to have been a shocker for certain
godfathers and leaders who were reportedly self-
assured that their own nominees, different from those
announced by the media, would emerge having
submitted their names to President Muhammadu
Buhari.
Though the official list is yet to be made public by
Senate President Bukola Saraki, indications emerged on
Thursday that the current list circulating in the media,
is same as the official one sent to the senate by
Buhari.
Sunday Tribune contacted a couple of the nominees
mentioned in the media Thursday night and they
confirmed first-ever contact from the presidency,
demanding their Curriculum Vitae.
This information contradicts the reports in the media
that nominees were invited to the headquarters of the
Department of State Security Service (DSS) in Abuja for
security screening.
A nominee from North-East confirmed to Sunday
Tribune that the appearance of the nominee’s name
(sex withheld) in the media was a shocker to the
nominee and while still wondering, an SMS came from
the presidential villa demanding the nominee’s CV.
Another nominee from North-Central confirmed
receiving similar SMS. The nominee’s name is also in
the media and the nominee never attended any
security screening. It was also the nominee’s first
contact with the presidency over the ministerial
selection.
The short SMS read “Pls I need your CV. Sabi’u Tunde,
PA to C-in-C”.
A couple of the nominees got the SMS at exactly
3.45pm on Thursday.
All the names mentioned as nominees for Oyo, Ogun,
Lagos and Ekiti had also reportedly got the call for
their CV, confirming their consideration for the job.
The emergence of the quartet, particularly that of
former Lagos Governor Babatunde Fashola, former Ekiti
State Govermor Kayode Fayemi and Mr Bayo Shittu for
Oyo State, is creating serious ripples in the party in the
zone, with winners and losers in the first half of the
power struggle, reportedly intensifying efforts to ensure
that Osun and Ondo would not elude them.
The camp of the National Leader of the party, Senator
Bola Tinubu with the active backing of former National
Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, is said to be pushing hard
to ensure their nominees for Osun and Ondo sail
through after having all their nominees rejected in Oyo,
Lagos and Ekiti.
All parties in the ministerial struggle reportedly
conceded Ogun slot to former President Olusegun
Obasanjo who was said to have brought forward Chief
Bode Mustapha.
Buhari reportedly rejected Mustapha on the grounds of
age with Obasanjo being asked to replace him.
The concession to Obasanjo was said to have informed
the decision of Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun
State to nominate Mrs. Kemi Adeosun as a
commissioner.
The decision of Obasanjo not to replace Mustapha,
was said to have created an opening for the governor
who upgraded Adeosun as a ministerial nominee.
Tinubu and Akande reportedly lost in all other three
states, with Wale Edun (originally from Ogun)
nominated by them, losing to Fashola in Lagos, Dele
Alake nominated by them losing to Fayemi in Ekiti and
the duo and Governor Abiola Ajimobi losing to Shittu in
Oyo.
Shittu is a known antagonist of Governor Ajimobi. The
governor first nominated his immediate past
Commissioner for Finance, then withdrew the
nomination for a senior staff of Arthur Anderson.
There is also controversy regarding who Tinubu and
Akande actually nominated in Ekiti, because, as of last
Monday, there were believable reasons that Lagos
lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN was Tinubu’s choice for Ekiti,
with the national leader of the party reportedly
checking Falana’s reliability with certain sources
(names withheld).
Sunday Tribune, however, learnt from very authoritative
source that when Tinubu and Akande met with Buhari,
Alake was the name on Ekiti slot in the list they
submitted.
Last Monday, a political source called Edun to
congratulate him on his reported nomination, a
felicitation he accepted as a confirmation of the said
nomination.
The announcement of nominees for Oyo and Ondo was
reportedly stalled following the contention among the
influential chieftains.
Sunday Tribune has reliably gathered that Governor
Rauf Aregbesola and Tinubu are not on the same page
over Osun nominee. While Aregbesola is pushing the
nomination of his immediate predecessor-in-office,
former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, on the basis of
the accord leading to his defection to APC, Tinubu is
reportedly backing Chief of Staff to the governor, Alhaji
Gboyega Oyetola.
Rumoured to be Tinubu’s blood, Oyetola is also said to
be eyeing Osun governorship in 2018.
In Ondo, the party in the state is behind the
nomination of its governorship candidate in 2012 poll,
Chief Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, while Tinubu is said to be
backing Chief Pius Akinyelure.
Having lost out in the first four states, it was learnt
that Buhari may eventually concede the remaining two
states to Tinubu who is currently in London.
A close nomination source told Sunday Tribune that
the anti-Tinubu forces in the South-West are
determined to ensure that the remaining two states
also fall to them.

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