There are strong indications that the immediate past governors of Lagos , Adamawa and Bauchi states, Akinwunmi Ambode , Mohammed Bindow and Mohammed Abubakar , may be part of President Muhammadu Buhari’ s next cabinet.
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress had resolved that all the APC governors who lost their re -election bids would “ automatically ’ become the ministerial nominees for their states.
Ambode , Bindow and Abubakar failed in their re – election bids in the last general elections.
The APC Organising Secretary , Adamawa State chapter , Ahmed Lawan , confirmed the development.
Lawan , who said the leadership of the party had yet to call for any list from the state chapter, however , said Bindow might be “ automatically ” nominated for the state, following the directive from the national leadership of the party .
Bindow lost his second – term bid to Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party in a rerun .
Lawan , who is also aspiring for the office of the National Secretary of the APC , said, “ That is the directive from the national leadership and there ’s no nomination outside of Bindow . They never asked us to make any nomination . That is the arrangement ; any state where the governor lost , the governor will be given a ministerial slot .”
Following the development, Ambode who lost in a controversial primary election to Mr Babajide Sanwo -Olu may represent Lagos State in the ministerial list while Abubakar who lost to Bala Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party is expected to clinch the Bauchi State slot .
Presidency sources said Ambode enjoyed the favour of Buhari and his men and that there were strong indications he would make the list .