(Last Updated On: March 29, 2017)


By Gbenga Gbelee

President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded names of two ministerial

nominees to the senate seeking their approval for the nominees’ appointments.

A communication on the ministerial nominees was sent to the Senate on

Tuesday night.

Information gathered from sources close to theleadership of the senate revealed

that the two nominees would fill the slots of Kogi and Gombe states in the

federal cabinet.

The nominee from Kogi state will succeed the late Minister of state for labour,

Mr James Ocholi (SAN) who lost his life alongside his wife and son in a ghastly

auto crash while the nominee from Gombe state would replace former minister

foe Environment, Hajia Aminu Mohammed, who is now the Deputy Secretary

General of theUnited Nations.

Reports have it that the list of the ministerial nominees arrived the senate few

hours after the upper chamber of the national assembly suspended consideration

of the presidency’s request to approve the appointment of 27 Resident Electoral

Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC in


The lawmakers had protested against the failure of President Muhammadu

Buhari to remove Mr Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission EFCC after the law makers turned down his

nomination two weeks ago.