President Bola Tinubu would release the much-awaited list of ministerial nominations within the next 48 hours, according to the Senate, which also noted that the President had gone into hiding to avoid undue influence.
The Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central) disclosed this at his 60th birthday anniversary lecture and presentation of two books on Leadership, Communication at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.
The list, according to the Senate, will be received in the next 24 hours, and the President decided to remain unnoticed for the following 48 hours to compile a list of nominees that would be acceptable to all Nigerians.
Bamidele said: “Let me tell you, and you must encourage me; I need to make myself unavailable for the next 48 hours because a correspondence must come to the Senate, a very crucial correspondence.
“So Mr President prayed for me. We should tell the rest of Nigerians to pray for me to be able to make the right decision within the next 24 hours so that when Nigerians hear the list of his ministers, they will say ‘Yes…this is uncommon’, and join us to pray for Mr President.
“He needed to be away from any kind of influence.”
In addition, the Senate implored Nigerians to pray that Tinubu would be able to make the appropriate choice within the next 24 hours so that Nigerians would approve of the list of his ministers at the end of the day.
The constitution now states that the President and governors have 60 days starting on the day they are sworn in to nominate ministries and commissioners as a result of the last parliament’s change.
Section 42 of the constitution states that “(a) the nomination of any person to the office of a Minister for confirmation by the Senate shall be done within sixty days after the date the President has taken the oath of office; (b) not less than ten per cent of persons appointed as Ministers shall be women: Provided that the President may appoint a Minister at any other time during his tenure and such appointment shall be subject to confirmation by the Senate.”