President Buhari Mulls Cabinet Reshuffle Ahead Of 2019 Elections

President Buhari Mulls Cabinet Reshuffle Ahead Of 2019 Elections

Aisha Alhassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba, is the most recent
Minister to reluctantly bow out of office. She quit in acrimonious
circumstances as Minister of Women Affairs in late September, after she
was disqualified from contesting the Taraba State governorship election
on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

President
Muhammadu Buhari is contemplating rejigging his cabinet in a bid to
bolster his chances of succeeding at the 2019 presidential polls,
SaharaReporters has been told.

It is not exactly clear how soon
the President would ring the changes, but a source in the presidency
told SaharaReporters that it could happen at Friday’s emergency meeting
of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), or it could be delayed for a few
weeks.

The emergency FEC meeting was primarily convened for
approval for the 2019 Appropriation Bill, with the government hoping to
present the budget proposal to a joint session of the National Assembly
next week.

But the source told SaharaReporters that a cabinet
reshuffle at a time like this, with elections approaching, should be no
surprise.

“The President is considering dropping ministers with
political baggage, and those contesting, and is also hoping to
strengthen his campaign spread,” he said.

Since becoming
President in May 2015, Buhari hasn’t altered his cabinet, the members of
which he waited six months before announcing.

Aisha Alhassan,
popularly known as Mama Taraba, is the most recent Minister to
reluctantly bow out of office. She quit in acrimonious circumstances as
Minister of Women Affairs in late September, after she was disqualified
from contesting the Taraba State governorship election on the platform
of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

That was two weeks
after Kemi Adeosun, then the Minister of Finance, belatedly resigned
following months of sustained public pressure after it was exposed that
she did not undergo the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

Kayode
Fayemi, then Minister of Solid Minerals Development, left in May to
contest the Ekiti State governorship election, which he won — he was
sworn in in October — while Amina Mohammed resigned as Minister of
Environment in February 2017 after she was appointed United Nations
Deputy Secretary General.

Source:- Saharareporters