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10th Senate:All eyes on Senator Saliu Mustapha




By:AbdurRaheem Sa’ad Dembo

As the 10th Senate resumes on 4th July after conducting a successful elections for the new leadership of the Red chamber, it is appropriate to say all eyes are on Senator Saliu Mustapha from kwara Central Senatorial District.

The reason is obvious, Kwara Central politics is now more sophisticated than ever before. Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe who represented the district in the 9th Senate did well by facilitating Federal Neuropsychiatric hospital, Budo Egba in Asa Local government area as well as ensuring the completion of NAFDAC and NHIA offices in ILORIN among others .Aside this, he also sponsored several bills with few of it have been signed into law by former president Muhammadu Buhari.

Oloriegbe has set a standard for any one that would be succeeding him.Those who went to Senate before Dr Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe did their best too but to be candid, he has outshined them with a clear lead.

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq confirmed Oloriegbe’s magic wand when he said Yahaya Oloriegbe did wonderfully well. He said Oloriegbe was a high rank Senator and he remains the best to have represented Kwara Central.He disclosed this during the reception that was organized by Kwara state government for the new federal lawmakers from kwara state, which took place at Kwara Lodge, Aso Koro, Abuja on 13th June, 2023.

I have no doubt that Turaki of Ilorin, Senator Saliu Mustapha would live up to the expectations of the good people of Kwara Central senatorial district. He is never a weak politician as he will always play the game with all seriousness. In the build up to the election of 10th National Assembly leadership, Turaki of Ilorin was vigorously involved in the politicking and politics that eventually went APC’s ways and choices.

You may meet someone at a farm but you may know how to do the farming better, provided you have the right implements and the technology required.This is what Saliu Mustapha’s recent move symbolizes.

In the interim I will not say much about the political dexterity of my political principal, but in due course, without mincing words it will become more conspicuous.

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s statement at the Kwara Lodge, which I enunciated earlier was to advertently or inadvertently ginger our brand new senator not to relent in his quest to do better than his predecessors.

I’m not a pessimist and I have always believed in what I do, so to me like the old saying ‘whatever is worth doing is worth doing well ” Turaki of Ilorin cannot afford to have abysmal outing at the 10th Senate, because he has seen it all as a political juggernaut since his days as a member of APP, ANPP and National vice Chairman of defunct Congress for progressive Change,CPC .He was also a leading contestant for APC Chairmanship prior the APC National Convention in 2022, before it went in Abdullahi Adamu’s favour.

Recently ,he made the lists of Senator that would look after the welfare of other senators. All these are pointers that Senator Saliu Mustapha will live above board in the 10th Senate.

It is significant to say that, the task before Saliu Mustapha to deliver on his campaign promises cannot be hinged on mere talking shops.He has the pedigree and experience to surpass his predecessors.He also needs our prayers for God’s guidance.

At the kwara lodge in Abuja Senator Saliu Mustapha boldly said that people should not leave them alone by reminding or criticising them, where necessary so that the right things can be done. This was expected from a pragmatic politician, after all ,no man,they say,is an Island. It is not an over statement if one describes Saliu Mustapha as a seasoned politician with requisite political antidotes.

Turaki of Ilorin has bright and robust political years ahead of him so no stone should be left unturned in ensuring that he brings dividend of democracy to door step of good people of Kwara Central senatorial district.


Juicy Ministries and the Geo-Political Zones of their Respective Senior Ministers.



Abubakar Dauda

By Abubakar Sadiq Dauda

The region of the bosses of the Super Ministries i.e. Ministries that have either a large budget size for capital expenditure or juicy parastatals under its supervision are as thus:

Works – South-East
Transportation – North-East
Power – South-West
Petroleum – South-South
Gas Resources – South-South
Finance – South-West
Communications – South-West
F.C.T. – South-South
Interior – South-West
Marine – South-West
Aviation – South-South
Defence – North-West
Police Affairs – North-East
Education – North-East
Health – North-East
Agriculture – North-East
Solid Minerals – South-West
Humanitarian – South-South

Take it or leave it, the North-west and the North-central zones did not get their fair portions, due to the fact that, this administration secured more votes in the Northwest and North-central zones combined, if compared to the total score secured in the remaining four Geo-political zones combined.

Read also: Ministerial Nominee’s: Between Fair Proportions and Political Relevance.

However, delivering his remark after the swearing-in, President Tinubu reminded the Ministers that they are ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not Ministers of a particular region or state.

I want to believe and pray that the Ministers will be fair to all states and regions in terms of project delivery and job allocations.

Sadiq is a political analyst and observer, writes from Kano and can be reached via, sadiqdauda55@gmail.com

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EXCLUSIVE:Crisis in Former Governor Ganduje’s Camp Halts President Tinubu From Sending Ministerial Nominations From Kano



Last week, President Bola Ahmad Tinubu submitted 28 ministerial nominations, excluding 11 states, including Kano. A source revealed to NIGERIAN TRACKER  that the former Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, is insisting on submitting the name of APC returning officer for the Gubernatorial election in Kano, Engineer Rabiu Suleiman Bichi.

However, the APC Gubernatorial candidate in Kano, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, is also pressuring to have his name included in the list for onward submission to the Senate for screening.

Exclusive: Kano Political Crisis Delays Tinubu From Sending Ministerial Nominations From Kano

The source added that the APC Governorship candidate is now sending emissaries to Governor Ganduje, urging him to submit his name as the ministerial nominee from Kano.

President Bola Ahmad Tinubu promised two ministerial slots for Kano, one for the NNPP National leader, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and one from the Gandujiyya camp of former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. Since Ganduje did not scale through the hurdles required to become a minister in President Tinubu’s cabinet, the President gave him the right to nominate a minister, which is now causing tensions within former Governor Ganduje’s political camp.

The source also informed NIGERIAN TRACKER that when President Bola Ahmad Tinubu submits the next nominations from Kano, it will be Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the NNPP National leader, and one other nominee to be chosen by former Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

Another source has informed NIGERIAN TRACKER that the camp of the defunct Action Congress Of Nigeria in Kano, led by President Tinubu in the 2007 and 2011 elections, is insisting on appointing the Gubernatorial candidate of the party in 2011 and former Deputy Governor Of Kano state, Engineer Abdullahi Tijjani Muhammad Gwarzo.

The reasons given by former ACN stalwarts for President Tinubu appointing Engineer ATM Gwarzo into his cabinet are that President Tinubu is known for rewarding loyalty, and being his long-time ally, Engineer Gwarzo is among the most suitable candidates for a ministerial position in Kano.

Accordingly, President Tinubu is expected to contact the former Governor of Kano state, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, despite currently being in PDP, due to his role in the formation of APC in 2011.

The source also mentioned that President Tinubu is not rushing to appoint ministers from Kano, as the appointment may have the blessings of the 14th Emir of Kano, whom President Tinubu may contact before finalizing the list from Kano.

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Exclusive:Tinubu’s Plan to Strengthen Political Base: Kwankwaso Considered for Cabinet Position”



Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

In order to consolidate his political base across the country, strong indications have shown that President Bola Ahmad Tinubu has finally decided to bring in NNPP National leader, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, into his cabinet.

A source, who is privy to the situation, informed NIGERIAN TRACKER that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has made it to the list of ministerial nominees of President Bola Ahmad Tinubu.

Before being sworn in on May 29, 2023, indications emerged that there were twists in the effort to make Kwankwaso one of President Tinubu’s cabinet members. However, the former Governor, who used his political influence to capture the whole of Kano, faced stiff opposition from the APC led by the former Governor of Kano, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

It was reported that Kwankwaso laid down some stringent conditions that could not be met by President Bola Ahmad Tinubu. Despite that, Tinubu still wants to make him his cabinet member due to the political influence of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

The Senate was expected to read the names of the nominees, including Kwankwaso’s name, but the Senate adjourned to the following Tuesday.

The source confidently said, “Kwankwaso’s name is on the list because President Bola Tinubu is highly interested in working with him. He was impressed by how Kwankwaso’s party, NNPP, captured an important state like Kano.

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