The 1999 Constitution says that when the President or governors start their job, they must give the names of the people they want to be ministers or commissioners to the Senate or state Houses of Assembly for approval within 60 days.
Tinubu became President on May 29, so he needs to send his list of ministers to the Senate before July 29, as the law requires.
Barring any last-minute chance, the list of nominees for ministers was supposed to be read by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio today, Tuesday, July 25. However, Senator Bamidele Opeyemi proposed that the Senate moves the reading to Wednesday, July 26.
The majority leader moved the motion without providing any specific reason for the delay. The motion was later seconded by Senator Simon Davou Mwadkwon, the minority leader, and was accepted by the Senate, leading to the decision to postpone the announcement until the following day’s legislative session.
The ministerial list, containing President Bola Tinubu’s nominees for ministerial positions, was sent to the Senate for formal announcement by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio.
The letter containing the list was received by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Magaji Tambuwal, on Tuesday, July 18.
As the 60-day deadline for the President to submit the ministerial list draws nearer, Nigerians have been eagerly awaiting the announcement.
Just prior to submitting the ministerial list, the President withdrew four names initially selected for four states, and instead, introduced four new names.
There were unconfirmed reports circulating, suggesting that Wike was among those excluded from the list, but his ally, Tony Okocha refuted the information, affirming that Wike’s name remains included.