Strong indications emerged at the weekend that President Muhammadu Buhari has sealed his ministerial list just as technocrats, including university lecturers, dominated the list.
Sources in different quarters revealed that there was mild tension within the rank and file of the ruling APC over the proposed list, which may soon be announced by the Presidency to form a full cabinet.
Buhari had already quietly appointed Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, and Chief of Staff, among others, which brought some controversies over alleged lopsidedness in his choices.
President Buhari had spent time in Kaduna and Daura last week on a private visits.
Some of the APC stalwarts who pleaded anonymity said Buhari’s private visit was to consult with some of his close associates preparatory to the announcement of ministerial nominees.
However, one of the close allies of Buhari said the president who kept the nominees close to his chest would give All Progressives Congress, APC, chieftains final shock when the list is finally announced.
He added that those who lost in previous appointments would be disappointed again.
His words: “Mr. President will again disappoint many APC chieftains who are confident of being appointed ministers. As I am talking to you, even though we learnt the list is kept close to his chest, Buhari will bring technocrats and corruption-free Nigerians on board as ministers. Many who held big offices before may not be appointed too.
"Nigerians will be shocked as big names you are hearing will not make the list. What I am sure is that, university lecturers, serious activists with few APC members will make the list.”