Following the removal of the Minister of Power Sale Mamman by President Muhammadu Buhari in early September over what the presidency tagged as poor performance, about 32 chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State are now pushing to replace the dismissed Minister.
It was gathered that top politicians have commenced intense lobbying in Taraba where the minister hail from.
Expectations are high that the president will send the replacement of the two former ministers to the Senate for screening and confirmation in line with the 1999 Constitution.
The Senate is resuming from its annual recess on Tuesday.
Speaking to newsmen, chairman of the APC in Taraba State, Barr Ibrahim El-Sudi confirmed that 32 members of the party are eying the ministerial position.
He said nobody has contacted the party for the nomination of Mamman’s replacement. El-Sudi did not mention the names of those eying the seat but said the state deserves the seat in view of its contribution to the Buhari presidency.
However, sources in the party hinted that two former acting governors of the state, Alhaji Garba Umar and Sani Danladi Abubakar are among those eyeing the ministerial appointment.
Also listed are Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf (APC, Taraba Central), a former Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Alhaji Hassan Jika Ardo, a former commissioner of Finance and one-time governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf and a two-time governorship candidate and now a commissioner in the Northeast Development Commission, Chief David Kente, among others.
It was learnt that most of those eying the position have relocated to Abuja to be near the powers close to the presidential villa, Abuja.