Following the resignation of some ministers of the federal government in pursuit of their electoral ambitions, the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has nominated seven new ministers to replace the vacancies. One of the new ministers will be replacing the sacked minister of agriculture, Sabo Nanono.
The ministers who resigned include Rotimi Amechi- minister of transportation; Ogbonnaya Onu-minister of science, technology, and innovation; Godswill Akpabio-minister of Niger Delta Affairs; Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba-minister of state, education; Uche Ogar-minister of mines and steel development; and Chief Tayo Alasoadura- minister of state for Niger Delta Affairs. The ministers resigned ahead of party primaries in pursuit of presidential, governorship, and senatorial tickets which they all lost except Uche Ogar.
Their resignation was in line with the provisions of Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act which states that “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election”.
The nomination of the ministers is coming forty days after the resignation of the other ministers. The new ministers are Henry Ikechukwu from Abia state, Umana Umana from Akwa Ibom state, Ekunna Joseph from Ebonyi state, Goodluck Obia from Imo state, Umar Yakub from Kano state, Ademola Adegorioye from Ondo state, and Odo Udi from Rivers state.
The president has written to the Senate seeking their confirmation of the nominated ministers. The letter was read to the house by the senate president Ahmad Lawan at the start of the plenary on Tuesday. The ministers are expected to be screened by the Senate by next week Wednesday.