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After 59 days of waiting with high expectations from Nigerians, President Bola Tinubu on Thursday released the names of his ministerial nominees for the Senate’s confirmation.

The ministerial nominees were announced by the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, during a plenary on Thursday after receiving a correspondence sent to the Senate by President Tinubu through his Chief of Staff, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

The correspondence on request for confirmation of ministers has 28 ministerial nominees. The list is made up of four former governors, two members of the APC National Working Committee, current and past federal lawmakers, members of the ruling and opposition parties, former ministers and technocrats, among others.

Nasir el-Rufai: el-Rufai is the immediate past Governor of Kaduna State. He served as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) during the administration of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. He was a one-time Director of the Bureau of Public Enterprises. el-Rufai is a co-founding member of the ruling party All Progressives Congress.

Nyesom Wike: Wike, the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one of those who contributed positively to the victory of President Bola Tinubu, especially in Rivers State despite being a member of the opposition party. Wike was the leader of the aggrieved G-5, which opposed the presidential ambition of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Wike served as Minister of State for Education during ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

Dave Umahi: Senator David Umahi currently representing Ebonyi South Senatorial District is the Deputy Senate Leader of the 10th Senate. He was the immediate past Governor of Ebonyi State. He served for two consecutive terms before being elected into the 10th National Assembly.

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Mohammed Abubakar Badaru: Badaru, the immediate past Governor of Jigawa State is one of the presidential aspirants who stepped down for President Bola Tinubu during last year’s All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential primary in Abuja. He was very active during the presidential campaign and delivered his state, Jigawa to APC.

Ali Pate: Pate, a Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard University, is a former Minister of State (Health) during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. He was also the one-time Chief Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA)

Lateef Fagbemi (SAN): Fagbemi, a legal luminary, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), hails from Ijagbo in Kwara State. He is a Jurist who has made a significant contribution to the development of Law and Justice in Nigeria. Fagbemi is the All Progressive Congresses (APC) team lead attorney to defend the 2023 presidential election result in court.

Olawale Edun: Edun, an economist is currently the Special Adviser to President Tinubu on Monetary Policy. He is a former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State. Edun has a solid background in merchant banking, corporate finance, economics, and international finance at both national and international levels.

Adebayo Adelabu: Adelabu, a banker and former Deputy Governor, Operations of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was the Accord Party governorship candidate in the last general elections in Oyo State. He was also the APC gubernatorial candidate in 2019. He lost both elections to the incumbent Governor Seyi Makinde of PDP.

Abubakar Kyari: Senator Kyari is the Acting National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). He was the senator representing Borno North Senatorial District of Borno State at the 9th National Assembly from 2015 until his resignation in April 2022 to become the Deputy National Chairman (North) of APC.

Dr (Mrs). Betta Edu: Dr. Edu, the Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is a former Health Commissioner in Cross Rivers State. She was chairman of the Cross River State COVID-19 Taskforce during the pandemic era. Edu, a one-time National Chairman of the Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum, is a Fellow of the Royal School of Public Health in and the African Institute of Public Health Professionals. She played a crucial role during the presidential election as APC Women Leader.

Dele Alake: Alake the Special Adviser on Media, Strategy and Special Duties is a renowned journalist and activist. He was Commissioner for Information and Strategy during President Tinubu’s tenure as the first executive governor of Lagos State in the Fourth Republic. Alake served as Director of Strategic Communication in the APC Presidential Campaign Council during the last general elections.

Nkeiruka Onyejocha: Onyejocha was a former Member of the House of Representatives, who represented Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency of Abia State in the Green Chamber between 2007 and 2023. She was the Deputy Chief Whip of the Ninth House of Representatives and former Commissioner for Resource Management and Manpower Development in Abia State.

Hannatu Musawa: Musawa, a lawyer and Newspaper Columnist is currently the Special Adviser to the President on Culture and Entertainment Economy. She served as Deputy Spokesperson of the APC Presidential Campaign Council during the last general elections.

Stella Okotete: Okotete, the Executive Director, Business Development of the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), is a philanthropist and humanitarian, who hails from Kogi State. She is a former National Women Leader of APC.

Uju Kennedy Ohaneye: Ohaneye was the only female APC presidential aspirant during the party’s last year primaries. She stepped down for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu during the contest and urged women to support him. She served as a member of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

Other ministerial nominees are Abubakar Momoh, Yusuf Maitama Tukur, Ahmad Dangiwa, Uche Nnaji, Dr. Diris Anite Uzoka, Ekerikpe Ekpo, Olubunmi Tunji Ojo, Bello Muhammad Goronyo, Mohammad Idris, Emman Suleman Ibrahim, Prof Joseph Usev, Senator John Enoh and Senator Sani Abubakar Danladi

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