Bolaji Abdullahi

Bolaji Abdullahi

Ministerial Nominee: Why Buhari Dumped Bolaji Abdullahi For Lai Mohammed

Details available to The Paradigm has revealed President Muhammudu Buhari may have dropped Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi as a ministerial nominee in the remaining list to be submitted to the Nigerian Senate for screening.

Bolaji Abdullahi

Bolaji Abdullahi

A highly placed source informed The Paradigm that though the president had initially rejected a list of ministerial nominees from governors on the platform of his All Progressives Congress, APC, he later had to work with them to avert a “political problem” in the future.

Read: Breaking News: Meet President Buhari’s 21 Ministerial Nominees (Full List)

President Buhari has sent only 21 names to the senate for screening, sources say the remaining would be sent to the senate before the beginning of plenary session on Tuesday.

The Paradigm’s impeccable source revealed that Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi, one of the ministerial nominee from Kwara State became one of the first casualties in the raging war between the presidency and the senate president.

Bolaji is a protege of the Senate president and had sponsored him for the same position under the Goodluck Jonathan regime. After decamping to the All Progressive Congress, APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, former President Jonathan kicked out Mr. Bolaji from his cabinet.

Though Bolaji is widely acclaimed to be a performing minister as the country won several international tournament under his supervision as Minister of Sport, all of that seems to be out of consideration, because of his linkage to the senate president.

“Mr. president cannot choose him to represent Kwara because of his closeness to the Dr. Saraki. He (President Buhari) will be empowering his enemy that way,” the impeccable source told The Paradigm.

When pressed further on who will represent Kwara in the cabinet, the source said “President Buhari decided to settle for Lai Mohammed,  who is a loyalist of Asiwaju Tinubu, since his (Tinubu) candidate from Ogun, Mr. Wale Edun was dropped for Governor Amosun’s favourite, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun”.

The President is expected to announce the name of Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who is the publicity secretary of the APC as minister representing Kwara when the remaining ministerial nominees list is sent to the senate.

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