Presidency Alerts Senate of Cabinet Shake up Next Month, Shops for Lawal’s Replacement
The presidency has reached out to the Senate informing it of its intention to carry out a cabinet shake up that may affect no fewer than 10 ministers in the federal cabinet early next year.
An impeccable source said that the presidency had decided to give the Senate the heads up on the imminent sack of some ministers and their replacement with new nominees in the spirit of the recent rapprochement reached between the Senate leadership and the presidency.
The objective on the part of the presidency is to avert a volatile screening process.
Also, other than the changes to the cabinet, it has become compelling for Buhari to fill the two existing vacancies created by the demise of Mr. James Ocholi, former Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, in March this year and the imminent exit of the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, following her appointment as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN).
Ocholi, before his unfortunate demise in a car accident, represented Kogi State in the cabinet while Mrs. Mohammed represents Kaduna State.
A source close to the presidency, said the presidency was disturbed by the series of conflicts between it and the Senate in recent times, resulting in the rejection of various presidential requests.
10 ministers to be affected by the exercise would be dropped while others would swap portfolios.
In a related development, Buhari may have begun to quietly shop for a replacement for the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, who is currently facing corruption allegations
Sources in the presidency who hinted at the development, said the recent allegations that a company, Rholavision Engineering Limited, which Lawal owns, corruptly accepted payments from another company, Josmon Technologies, exceeding N270 million, was just the breaking point for the president, thus prompting the need for his removal about three weeks ago.