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President Tinubu faces constitution breach amid delay in submitting ministerial list

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By Oludare Mayowa

President Bola Tinubu is facing strong indications of violating the nation’s constitution as the deadline for submitting his ministerial nominees’ list approaches today.

The constitution stipulates that the list should be submitted within 60 days after taking the oath of office.

If President Tinubu fails to submit the list before the close of work today, the country might be without a constituted Federal Executive Council (FEC) until September.

As speculations loom over the possibility of President Tinubu presenting the ministerial nominees to the National Assembly today, names of former governors, special advisers, and party loyalists are being listed as potential nominees.

However, negotiations and last-minute high-level lobbying are still underway, leaving uncertainty regarding the president’s readiness with the final list.

During his first term, former President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in constituting his cabinet for six months stunned the nation.

Analysts had expected President Tinubu to be swift in forming his cabinet within the first two weeks of his assumption of power.

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However, it appears that the president’s ambitious reforms in the downstream oil sector and foreign exchange have posed significant challenges in the system, contributing to inflation rates and perhaps distraction which has prevented him from moving as fast as expected.

The bill sponsored by Ben Rollands Igbakpa, representing Ethiope Federal Constituency in the Ninth House of Representatives, mandates incoming presidents and governors to submit their ministerial nominees within 60 days of taking the oath of office. Failure to comply with this provision could raise constitutional concerns.

Names speculated to be included in the list of nominees encompass former governors such as Kaduna’s Nasir El-Rufai, Rivers’ Nyesom Wike, and Osun’s Gboyega Oyetola. Additionally, the list is rumored to feature special advisers like Wale Edun and Dele Alake, among other politicians and professionals.

As Nigerians eagerly await the outcome, concerns mount over the impact of delays in the Tinubu administration. Issues such as labour threats to embark on strikes and the ongoing industrial action by resident doctors could have been better managed if a federal executive team were in place.

The lack of political will and firm authority due to the absence of a constituted FEC have left the country’s economy on autopilot.

The pressing question remains: Will President Tinubu risk breaching the constitution’s provisions and delaying the submission of his ministerial list? Or will the National Assembly leadership quell all speculation by reading out the list during today’s plenary?

As the nation holds its breath, the fate of Nigeria’s governance and policy implementation hangs in the balance.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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