President Muhammadu Buhari has decided against nominating the controversial former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, as a minister, a source has revealed.
The source said that Buhari has decided that Amaechi, despite allegedly bankrolling the Buhari presidential campaign, has too much baggage and represents a huge reputational risk for the new administration.
Buhari has also decided to go against pressure from Bobo Chicago Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, and nominate Babatunde Fashola as a minister.
Tinubu is dead against Fashola, his former protege, becoming a minister. But the source indicated that Buhari favours having Fashola in his cabinet for presentational reasons, as the former Lagos State governor had a reputation of being a “performing governor”.
However, Tinubu is still expected to have a ministerial “allocation”. But the presence of Fashola means that the ministerial slot for Lagos would be taken by Fashola.
The source claimed that Fashola would be a shoe-in as a minister if he gets the vote of former president Olusegun Obasanjo. Obasanjo has significant influence over Buhari and the source claimed that the former president has also been “allocated” ministerial positions.