“Nigerian President-elect Bola Tinubu is facing intense backlash from his own party and from anti-corruption advocates for his nomination of Abdullhai Ganduje, a former governor accused of taking bribes.
Tinubu has stood by his nominee, causing anger and anxiety among his supporters and opposition alike. Critics say the nomination sends the wrong message about the new administration’s commitment to transparency and good governance.”
The president’s aides recognised the fragility of his mandate and said they were disturbed by how badly appointing the ex-Kano governor could hurt his government now and later.
President Bola Tinubu has all but finalised his decision to name Abdullahi Ganduje into his cabinet, aides told Peoples Gazette while expressing apprehension the move could distract the administration, divide the ranks and thwart an opportunity to burnish the president’s sordid perception vis-à-vis corruption and good governance.
At least seven appointees of the president interviewed by The Gazette over the weekend saw Mr Ganduje’s potential ministerial nomination from distinct perspectives that further underscored how polarised the consideration would be if allowed to stand.
While two aides missed words to convey how mortified they were to learn about the decision, five others gave reactions to The Gazette that ranged from angrily supportive to mildly critical, with a plurality absolving the president of entire responsibility if Mr Ganduje can scale through the Senate confirmation process.
Nigerian Senate floor (Credit: Nigeria Guardian)
The president, who assumed office on May 29, is due to submit his list of ministers to the Senate within the next 10 days in compliance with a recent federal law that mandates a new president to name cabinet positions within 60 days. There were signs weekend the names would be sent to the parliament this week, although The Gazette could not obtain confirmation of this from the State House.
But what aides were able to confirm was Mr Ganduje’s nomination, more than any other potential nominees in a list that could contain more than 40 individuals, sources said.
“Final decision has been made to nominate Abdullahi Ganduje as a minister,” a person familiar with the matter first informed The Gazette on Saturday afternoon. “His name is on the list as one of the two ministers from Kano.”