Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu are reportedly at war over President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees.
According to New Telegraph, the trouble started when Tinubu nominated former Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Wale Edun as Finance Minister to fill the Ogun State slot.
Obasanjo is said to have subsequently called the APC leader and warned him against choosing Edun for Ogun when his work and career were rooted in Lagos State.
According to sources, the former president’s recent visits to Buhari were based on his nominations for the ministerial list.
According to New Telegraph, some of Obasanjo’s nominees include: former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun); former Governor of Ekiti State and now the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the APC, Chief Segun Oni (Ekiti); Mustapha (Ogun); former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili and former Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo.
“Tinubu and Akande’s visit to President Buhari on September 9 was an impromptu meeting. An influential official in the presidency told them of Obasanjo’s surreptitious moves to corner the ministerial nominees from the South-West. This is why the two leaders visited,” a source said.
Obasanjo visited Buhari on September 8 while Tinubu visited the president on September 9. The APC leader however denied that his visit to Buhari was in connection with the president’s ministerial list.
Buhari is set to name his ministers before September 30 despite recently saying that ministers are just noisemakers like politicians.