A report by The Nation indicates that the era of nominations for ministerial positions by state governors or influential senators is over.
This is because President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly insisted on merit in choosing those who will be in his cabinet in deference to what some political analysts describe as party supremacy.
The report revealed that governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have found it difficult to penetrate Buhari to pick their nominees as ministers. Same goes for some influential senators, who are godfathers in their states.
Meanwhile, as Nigerians await the cabinet list this month as promised by the president, the jostle for ministerial ticket is assuming a hot race in states like Kaduna, Kwara, Sokoto, Bauchi, Ondo, Gombe, Lagos, Enugu, Ekiti, Katsina, Akwa Ibom and Anambra.
Some godfathers in the affected states are reportedly panicking because of the president’s stance and recent political developments in the country, especially in the National Assembly.
A source said: “Unlike in the past, most governors are stranded this because the president will not ask them to nominate ministers. Some of them attempted to make recommendations but did not succeed.
“In fact, the same game is playing out with influential Senators who have found it difficult to lobby for their candidates as ministerial nominees.