Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and former governor of Kano State, has revealed the reason behind the replacement of Kano ministerial nominee, Maryam Shetty.
During an interview on a Hausa program on a Kano based radio, monitored by Vanguard, Ganduje explained that Shetty was replaced due to the negative reactions her nomination generated on social media. People mocked her and questioned her suitability for the job, which led to concerns about her competency.
He stated that while appointing ministers, the President seeks advice from individuals representing various states and the nation as a whole. The President holds the prerogative right to appoint anyone he deems fit as a minister and can consult people from the state to identify suitable candidates. However, in this case, the decision to nominate Shetty caught many by surprise, including Ganduje’s team, as they were not familiar with her qualifications and background.
The issue gained prominence when social media users criticized her nomination, expressing doubts about her competence and whether she was the best representative for Kano State. These concerns were not just limited to Ganduje’s team, but also voiced by the masses. The President became aware of the social media reactions and sought Ganduje’s opinion on the matter.
Ganduje confirmed that he was not acquainted with Shetty and, therefore, couldn’t vouch for her competency. He advised the President to consider a replacement, emphasizing that ministerial positions require individuals with integrity, understanding of the job, and a significant role in the formation of the government.
After consulting critical stakeholders and recognizing the need to have a female nominee from Kano, Ganduje’s team settled on Dr. Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure as the replacement. He mentioned that the emphasis on a female candidate was influenced by concerns about marginalization in Kano South.
Ganduje assured that Maryam Shetty would still be considered for another appointment in the future. It’s important to recall that President Tinubu had initially nominated Shetty for the ministerial appointment from Kano State.
However, she was replaced with Mariya Mahmoud Bunkure, a former Commissioner of Higher Education in Ganduje’s administration, just before her screening.
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