Barely 52 days to the swearing-in of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, there are strong indications that prominent politicians and leaders in the country are already lobbying him for political appointments directly and indirectly.
Hallmark learnt that some of the people who worked for his emergence as president-elect have bombarded him with lists of positions they would want from his government.
The requests, it was learnt, cut across party lines and interest groups all over the six geo-political zones of the country.
A reliable source confided in Hallmark that prominent amongst those who had made requests to Gen. Buhari ahead of the May 29 swearing in, are former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
It was said that Tinubu, before and after the election had put before Buhari to consider offering the South West prominent ministerial appointment such as finance, petroleum and works.
The argument, according to sources is that in the last 16 years, the South West had most never held the position of the finance and petroleum ministers and that since the zone has been a committed partner in the presidential victory, the zone should be adequately compensated.
It is being argued that the South West was marginalized in the government of President Jonathan and that the people of the zone who stood solidly behind Gen. Buhari would not want a repeat of what happened in the regime of the outgoing president.
Former President, Obasanjo too, is said to have presented to Buhari some nominees for ministerial appointment.
Hallmark learnt that former President Obasanjo had mentioned the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo as minister of finance because of his experience as a financial expert and for the stability of the country’s economy.
It was learnt that the question of who heads the finance ministry has now become contentious as many names that are sound in finance are now being projected for the office.
It was also gathered that the former Lagos State Finance Commissioner, Mr. Wale Edun and Professor Pat Utomi are being considered for the plum job.
Hallmark was informed that in the South South and South East, names of those jostling for positions in Buhari’s government are being complied.
Former military Governor of old Bendel State, Brigadier Sam Ogbemudia, is said to have been contacted by some powerful groups in the area to help lobby for juicy ministerial appointments.