President Muhammadu Buhari met yesterday behind closed DOORS with former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole at the Presidential Villa. This was their first meeting since Oshiomhole left as governor last November. The meeting came amidst speculations of imminent cabinet shake-up that may have the ex-governor emerging a minister. No official statement followed the meeting and details were not made public as Oshiomhole also declined to answer journalists’ questions on the veracity of his being shortlisted for a ministerial position.
He told State House correspondents that he only came to thank Buhari for the support he gave him as a governor, particularly for visiting Edo and commissioning some projects in the state SHORTLY before he left office. “I am also here to wish President Buhari a happy new year”, added the former Labour leader and staunch member of the the president’s All Progressives Congress (APC). President Buhari had, during his VISIT to Edo State, hinted at Oshiomhole being given a national assignment in Abuja in view of his performance as governor.
Oshiomhole had also not lost any opportunity to hail Buhari ‘s leadership qualities and had always stressed his confidence in the president to get Nigeria out of the woods. There have been loud calls from many Nigerians for the President to rejig his cabinet on the grounds that many of the current ministers, whom he said he painstakingly selected and appointed about six months after assuming office last year, have failed to show requisite leadership and competence.