President Jonathan Nominates Obanikoro, Six Others As Ministers

January 30, 2015 3:42 pm

Recently. President Jonathan Nominates Obanikoro, Six Others As Ministers . has forwarded the names of seven new
ministers to the Senate for  confirmation, African Independent
Television [AIT] is reporting. Among the nominees are a former Minister of State for Defence,
Musiliu Obanikoro, Kenneth Kobani, a former National Treasurer of the
defunct Action Congress of [ACN], who recently defected to the
Peoples Democratic Party, and a former Senator, Patrick Akwashiki.

Former Minister of state Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, who resigned his
position in October 2014 to pursue his governorship ambition in Lagos
state which he lost, and six others have been nominated to be Ministers
by President Jonathan. A list of the seven nominees was sent to the
senate earlier today for screening and confirmation. Kenneth Kobani from
Rivers state and Patricia Akwashiki from Nasarawa state also made the

Mr. Obanikoro was one of the biggest casualties of the gubernatorial
primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], after resigning his
ministerial position on October 15 to vie for the party’s ticket in
Lagos for the 2015 election.
He lost to Jimi Agbaje, a relatively less known candidate, who had the backing of the party’s most powerful leaders in Lagos.
Alongside Mr. Obanikoro, former ministers Emeka Wogu, Labaran Maku,
Onyebuchi Chukwu, and Samuel Ortom, also lost their bids after leaving
their posts to contest in their respective states.
Mr. Obanikoro rejected the Lagos results and filed a legal challenge
against the declaration of Mr. Agbaje as winner, kicking off a row that
has the potential to ruin any chances the party may have in snatching
Lagos from All Progressives Congress, APC in 2015.
The logjam was finally been resolved amicably after President
Goodluck Jonathan assured Mr. Obanikoro he would reappoint him to
cabinet as part of a deal personally brokered by the President to get
him to discontinue his legal challenge of the PDP governorship primary
result for Lagos State.
Mr. Obanikoro later withdrew his court case, at the same time promising to fully support Mr. Agbaje as the PDP candidate.

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