Fashola emerges most popular ministerial nominee

Babatunde FasholaBy OKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – A majority of Nigerians are pleased with the Ministerial list President Muhammadu Buhari has sent to the Senate for approval.

This is according to latest poll results, suggesting almost 7 in 10 Nigerians (68 percent) are pleased with all the nominees.

In this regard, NOIPolls said, former state governors, Babatunde Fashola (44 percent), Rotimi Amaechi (31 percent), and Chris Ngige (25 percent) as well as past senator Aisha Alhassan topped the list of Ministerial
nominees most appealing to Nigerians.

Hadi Sirika, a former Senator (14 percent), Ibrahim Usman Jubrin, a former military governor of (14 percent) were least mentioned in this category.

Babatunde Raji Fashola had the highest familiarity (90 percent) as well as net favourability (+61) among all 21 nominees. Similarly, Rotimi Ameachi had a high familiarity (89 percent) compared with Chris Ngige (77 percent) and Kayode Fayemi (71 percent), however they both have higher net favourability (+40 and +45 respectively) compared to Amaechi who had a lower net favourability of +30.

Nigerians had long-awaited President Muhammadu Buhari’s Ministerial list and it has finally been made public by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on the floor of the senate on the 6th of October 2015.

Though the nominees were a mixture of old politicians, retired military men, immediate past governors, technocrats and former political appointees, the announcement of the 21 Ministerial nominees appeared to have increased the controversies as the polity was suffused with claims,counter-claims and controversies over the necessity or otherwise of the delay.

“Conceivably, the reactions about the list vary from people to people and also in accordance with their political interest and belief,” said NOIPolls.

The opinion poll was conducted in the week of October 5.

It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. Some 1 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above,representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.

“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise – within a range of plus or minus 3 percent,” NOIPolls.

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