Monday, 14 September 2015

Fashola, Amaechi lose out in Buhari’s ministerial list after fail DSS screening

Fashola, Amaechi lose out in Buhari’s ministerial list

Amaechi, Fayemi, Fashola fail DSS screening

Abuja - The dreams of three former governors to join the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari have been dashed, reports NewsDay

The three former governors have allegedly failed to pass the President’s anti-corruption test.


The former governors are Babatunde Fashola of Lagos, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti.

The Department of State Security Services (DSS) did not clear the trio based on allegations of corruption brought against them before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC).

The allegations against the former governors border on money laundering, fraud and embezzlement during their tenures as governors of their respective states.


As the Department of State Service, DSS, continues the screening of some ministerial nominees, indications emerged at the weekend that three immediate past governors, Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Ameachi and Kayode Fayemi, have allegedly failed to pass the President’s anti-corruption test.

The trio worked hard for President Muhammadu Buhari to emerge the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential flag bearer as well as for him to get elected President and were seen as top contenders for positions in Buhari’s cabinet.

A highly placed security source at the weekend said  the DSS did not clear three ministerial nominees, who are former governors, based on allegations of corruption brought against them before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission, ICPC.

According to the source, the security agency allegedly refused to clear the three former governors based on a series of petitions written against them over allegations bordering on money laundering, fraud and embezzlement.

The source further added that when the three affected former governors appeared before the DSS screening committee, they were confronted with the petitions and other relevant documents attached to the petitions.

The source further added that they have received instructions from the President that any of the nominees with any damaging and fraud related issues should not be cleared by the security agency.