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Buhari to dissolve cabinet before swearing in, form another immediately after… Adesina
SPECIAL Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, says President Muhammadu Buhari is likely to dissolve his present cabinet before his swearing-in for his second tenure and form a new one immediately after.
Adesina, who spoke during an interview on Arise Television on Thursday, was responding to a question on whether the president would take as much time as he took in 2015 to appoint his ministers.
Having been sworn in on May 29, 2015, Buhari did not name his cabinet members until November of that year, six months after taking office, But Adesina said it would be different this time around.
“Shortly before May 29, the president is likely going to officially dissolve his government. That is the way it is usually done. He says thank you to everybody that he has called to work with him and then he dissolves that government officially,” Adesina explained.
“Then when he is inaugurated for a second time, he now reconstitutes a government; he appoints his personal aides, he forms his cabinet, he appoints other people to fill other positions.”
Buhari was declared the winner of the 2019 presidential election having polled more than 15 million votes. His major challenger, Abubakar Atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party scored just over 11 million votes.
However, Atiku has rejected the results, saying that the election was fraught with irregularities and that he would challenge the result in court.