Kwankwaso to Join Tinubu’s cabinet? fresh fact emerges as the duo meet in paris, see meeting details
Kwankwaso Meets Tinubu in Paris, May Join Cabinet
President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, who ran for the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the February 25 presidential election, met for four hours on Monday in Paris, France.
The discussion centred primarily on Kwankwaso’s potential role in the upcoming administration, as Tinubu intends to form a “government of national unity,” which entails allocating positions to opposition parties.
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The meeting also addressed the issue of electing legislative leaders prior to the June 13 inauguration of the tenth National Assembly.
It is important to recall that this online newspaper previously reported the All Progressives Congress (APC) zoning the top positions in both chambers. Nonetheless, some party members have expressed displeasure with the arrangement and have threatened to form an alliance with the opposition in order to undermine the proposed formula.
Currently, the APC holds 59 Senate seats and 175 House of Representatives seats, while the NNPP has two senators and 19 representatives.
A simple majority of 56 senators and 181 representatives is required to secure the top two leadership positions in each chamber.
According to sources, Tinubu and Kwankwaso’s meeting in Paris began at 12:30 p.m. and ended at 4:45 p.m. Speaker of the House of Representatives and presumed Chief of Staff to the President-elect Femi Gbajabiamila was present at the meeting. Kwankwaso was accompanied by Abdulmumin Jibrin, an elected NNPP representative and former leader of a Tinubu campaign organisation.
In addition, Oluremi Tinubu, senator and wife of the incoming president, met Salamatu Kwankwaso.
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According to reports, Kwankwaso has expressed a willingness in principle to join Tinubu’s government, pending consultations with all parties involved. Tinubu is anticipated to update Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima, the APC Governors Forum, and other party leaders, while Kwankwaso will do the same with his party leadership.
During the meeting, Tinubu expressed concern regarding the strained relationship between outgoing Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Kwankwaso. Tinubu promised to mediate between the two politicians and promote peace. Ganduje served as Kwankwaso’s deputy during his tenure as governor of Kano from 2011 to 2015, before their political paths diverged.
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