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Ganduje Reveals His Role In Removal Of Maryam Shetty From Tinubu’s Minister List

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Ganduje Reveals His Role In Removal Of Maryam Shetty From Tinubu’s Minister List

But again, we don’t know her, and since we don’t know her, we can’t vouch for her competency for the job.

The All Progressives Congress, APC national chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, has disclosed his role in the removal of Maryam Shettima, also known as Maryam Shetty, from President Bola Tinubu’s ministerial nomination.

Recalled that on Wednesday, Mr Tinubu submitted the name of Ms Shettima to the Senate as a ministerial nominee representing Kano State.

In a surprising turn of events, Mr Tinubu decided to withdraw the nomination of Ms Shettima and replace her with a new nominee, Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure.

During an interview on Freedom Radio, Mr Ganduje claimed that Ms Shettima’s name was unlawfully included in the ministerial list without proper procedures being followed.

Mr Ganduje further stated that the nomination of Ms Shettima created dissatisfaction among the people of the state, who raised concerns about her competency for the position.

According to him, “In the process of appointing ministers, the president has people who will advise him from different states. Also, it is the prerogative of the president to appoint whoever he deems fit as minister.

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“He also has the right to consult people from the state, because they are the ones who know the people who are fit to occupy such office.

“But what happened in this case is that we were not consulted. So we just heard her name on air. Initially, we didn’t complain, taking into consideration that Mr President has the right to appoint anyone. And as loyalists of the president who understand democracy, we accepted his choice.

“But again, we don’t know her, and since we don’t know her, we can’t vouch for her competency for the job.

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“Also, the President’s attention was drawn to the social media reactions that followed her nomination. Sometimes people take actions, thinking they won’t be caught. But you will be surprised that all your actions are in the public domain. That’s what happened in this case.

“The reactions became so intense, and people were questioning her competency, and worthiness to represent Kano State.

“These concerns were not raised by Ganduje, but the masses. The president was also shown the social media reactions, and he sought my opinion.

“Clearly, I told him, I don’t know who she is. He asked if there was a need to replace her, and I answered in the affirmative.

“Because these kinds of positions need someone with integrity, the person must also understand the job, and thirdly, what role did the person play in the formation of the government.

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“So if you look at these qualities, we were the ones that needed to be consulted for any appointments coming from Kano State.

“Even though I don’t know all the competent people from Kano, at least our advice needs to be sought when people make recommendations, but that didn’t happen in this case.

“So the president gave us the opportunity to make a replacement with the emphasis that it must be a woman. After consultation with critical stakeholders, we settled for the new nominee, Dr. Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure. From hearing the name, Bunkure, You know where she hailed from,” he said.

While acknowledging the role played by the former nominee, Mr Ganduje assured that she would be considered for another appointment.
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