2019: Six Buhari Ministers May Resign
With President Muhammadu Buhari reluctance to reshuffle his cabinet, six of his ministers may voluntarily resign their appointments with the government.
Bounce News gathered that their resignation is to enable them join the races for governorship tickets of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in their respective states.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has already released a tentative timetable for the 2019 general elections.
The INEC time-table shows that party primaries and resolution of disputes arising from them will hold from August 18 to October 7 for national and state elections while that of the FCT area council is slated for between September 4 and October 27.
Campaigns by political parties are slated to commence from November 18 for presidential and National Assembly elections; December 1 for governorship and state assembly elections and December 2 for the FCT area council elections.
However, the election schedule might be adjusted if President Buhari signs into law the contentious reordering of 2019 general elections time table.
Although the ruling All Progressives Congress has not released guidelines for primaries ahead of the elections, it is believed that when released, the party would asked serving public office holders to quit their offices if they want to seek the party’s nomination.
Those who are expected to bid Buhari’s cabinet farewell after the release of the guidelines are Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communication; Aisha Alhassan, Women Affairs; Kayode Fayemi, Solid Minerals Development; Suleiman Hassan, Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing; Mansur Dan-Ali , Minister of Defence, and Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum.
While Shittu seeks to take over from Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State; Alhassan intends to replace Governor Darius-Ishaku of Taraba State and therefore win the state currently being ruled by the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC while Fayemi nurses the ambition of succeeding Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
Suleiman is interested in taking over Gombe State from Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo; Dan-Ali has his eyes on the seat to be vacated by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State while Kachikwu plans to unseat Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as Governor of Delta State.
Among the six serving ministers, Shittu, Alhassan and Fayemi are the most obvious governorship aspirants.
We hope they take the time to study the political calculus in their states and decide whether it would be worth taking the risk to leave their plum cabinet appointment for the unceratainty of primaries.
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