Emerging report suggests that former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode, is being considered for a “juicy” ministerial position.
According to highly placed sources, Buhari was not pleased with what how All Progressives Congress, APC, National Leader, Bola Tinubu treated Ambode in the run up to the primaries for the Governorship candidate of the State.
“He is unhappy because despite his intervention, Akinwumi Ambode was denied the second term ticket. It is because of this that he is considering compensating him,” the source quoted in the report said.
He continued: “ Akinwumi Ambode may become the Minister of Finance. This is in view of what he did to manage the finances of Lagos State, when former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, stopped the monthly Federal Allocation of Lagos.
“After the fiasco which attended his second term ambition, he did not go to court. He showed that he is a loyal party man, and Buhari is pleased with him.”
However, in order to do this and still retain Babatunde Fashola, who headed Power, Works and Housing in Buhari’s first term, the President, who is said to be satisfied with the performance of the former Lagos State helmsman, is considering increasing the number of Ministers beyond the constitutionally mandated 36 to 42 by picking six extra persons from the six geopolitical zones.
It is also on record that despite his failure to secure his second term bid, Ambode was a frequent face at the Villa in Abuja and all Buhari’s second term campaigns.
The President is also said to be toying with the idea of splitting the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing thereby not only reducing the work load on whomever heads the Ministry; but more importantly spreading the Ministries.