Finance minister Kemi Adeosun has tendered her resignation to President Muhammad’s Buhari.
Nation quotes sources in Adeosun’s office as finally confirming that she had resigned.
Channels also reports that the minister tendered her resignation, stating that it become necessary to do so, owing to the scandal that trailed her forged NYSC exemption letter.
The newspaper also reports that at about 5:37pm the minister of state for Budget and National Planning Mrs. Zainab Ahmed was seen driving out of the ministry with her convoy further fueling the speculation that all is not well in the ministry of finance. It is being rumoured that she will take over from Adeosun as Finance Minister.
Nation reports that for about eight hours, Adeosun remained behind closed doors in her office but it was later revealed that she was preparing her handing over note “especially the report on the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS)” for her successor.
But according to the paper, Adeosun resigned, but not in response to the NYSC exemption certificate scandal. Rather, President Muhammadu Buhari is said to have gotten angry over her secretly releasing N16 billion to the Osun State government, an action which many state governors objected to.
On Friday there was anxiety at the ministry as journalists thronged to the ministry to confirm the authenticity of the minister’s resignation.
At about 12 noon, journalists started trooping into the ministry to confirm the story, but all staff of the minister were seen around her office going about their duties and sniggering that “another round of fake news” was circulating.
To prove that she was in her office and still on her seat working her staff did not stop any journalist from coming to the 7th floor where the minister’s office is situated
Though her media aides did not come on record to speak to the press, they allowed journalists to see the Minister’s car port to confirm that she was on seat and has not resigned.
The confusion over her alleged resignation was heightened by her absence at the Meeting of the Convergence Council of Ministers and Governors of Central Bank of West African Monetary Zone where she was represented by the Permanent Secretary Dr. Mahmood Isa Dutse.
However some minutes after 8pm when The Nation went up to the minister’s floor to gauge the situation, the smiles had been wiped off the faces of her personal staff and many of them wore forlorn looks on the corridor.