JONATHAN PREPARES FOR 2015; APPOINTS SHEKARAU, THREE OTHERS AS MINISTERS
By Chinenye Ugonna
Almost two months after President Goodluck Jonathan attended a rally in Kano to welcome Ibrahim Shekarau to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the president has nominated him a minister.
The nomination, among the four sent to the Senate, would have to be confirmed by the Senate before he is assigned a ministerial slot and sworn into office.
Mr. Shekarau, a former two-term governor of Kano, was a founding member and leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC. He played a major role in the merger of the initial All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, with others to form the APC.
The ex-governor, however, fell out with the opposition when the current Kano governor, Musa Kwankwaso, and four other governors left the PDP to join the APC.
It was clear to political observers that Mr. Kwankwaso, who succeeded Mr. Shekarau and had a running battle with the ex-governor, could not be in the same party with his predecessor. Only one of them could control the structure of the APC in Kano.
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