A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Barr. Daniel Bwala has cautioned President Bola Tinubu against appointing former governors as ministers.
Bwala, one of the spokespersons of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in the 2023 general elections, made the comment on Monday, July 3.
He stated that rewarding former state chief executives with ministerial positions would give the impression that President Tinubu is not serious about delivering the dividends of democracy.
“If the names of former governors in his cabinet constitute more than 10 per cent of the whole, then we would know he doesn’t have plans for Nigeria.
“Firstly, 90 per cent of former governors in Nigeria have failed in governing their states where they commanded absolute powers.
“Some former governors have even gone on to fail as ministers in the past administration. When he sits in his cabinet meeting, there shouldn’t be old faces of the past administration in the room.
“He has more than enough manpower if he seriously wants to move this nation forward for at least six months remaining.”
Bwala’s comments come amidst speculations that the president would soon forward the name of his cabinet members to the Nigerian Senate.
Media reports suggest there has been intense lobbying by politicians interested in becoming ministers under the Tinubu-led administration.
It is not clear if the portfolio of the prospective ministers would be attached to their names when forwarded to the Senate.
Some public commentators had advised the president to indicate the portfolio of those on the list for senators to be able to ask the right questions during the screening process.