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Fayose’s Uncommon Letter To President Buhari

Posted: Jun 5, 2015 at 12:03 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Magnus Ugwubujor  –  Lagos


As the new administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has assumed the mantle of leadership, the stage is set for him to appoint competent Nigerians into various political positions particularly those that will constitute the Federal Executive council. Invariably lobbyist has been scheming and plotting their graphs to either to nominate or have their cronies nominated to be part of Buhari’s cabinet.

man-in-the-newsTo this end, the governor of Ekiti state, Ayo Fayese, is not left out in this instance as media reports said he recently asked President Buhari to grant him the privilege to nominate a candidate to fill the slot of the State in the Federal Executive council in the capacity of a minister. This request was reportedly contained in a letter he sent to the President dated May 31, 2015.

Mr Fayose’s letter was said to be based on the strength of Section 147 sub section (2) and (3) of the 1999 constitution which states that, “Any appointment to the office of the Minister of the government of the Federation shall if the nomination of any such person to such office is confirmed by the Senate, be made by the President.”  “Any appointment under section (2) of this section by the President shall be  in conformity with the provision of section 15 (3) of this constitution provided that in giving effect to the provision aforesaid, the President shall appoint at least one minister from each state who shall be indigene of such State.”

Nevertheless, political analysts have argued that Fayose’s request is dead on arrival due to obvious reason. In the first place, it appears he is not even in Buhari’s good books because of his propagandist and malicious comments and activities against Buhari during the electioneering campaigns. Moreover, the fact that Fayose is of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and not in the same All Progressive Congress (APC) with the President will make it difficult for his request to fly.

Pundits are of the view that it is possible that the President is already in touch with the person he intends to nominate as a minister from that State as well as other States. Even if he does not, he may likely use the APC leaders in the state to achieve that purpose. Suffice it to say that the sections of the constitution that Fayose cited in his letter does not make in binding on the President to succumb to his demand; not even from the governors from the APC states.

Gleaming through the political development of this country since 1999 under the control of the PDP, it is true that governors can make inputs as to who is being nominated for ministerial positions from their states, but certainly not from those state governors from the opposition.

Political pundits posit that Fayose’s move is, of course, to push to have a crony in Buhari’s cabinet. But President Buhari’s antecedents and personality do not suggest he is a push over as he seems to be clear on the kinds of characters wants in his cabinet .  But would he find any reason to consider Fayose’s demand? The answer is, probably, blowing in the wind and will be clear as political events unfold.