It was gathered that the Presidency has informed the Senate leadership to secure prompt and less rancorous screening process.
Already, two vacancies exist in the Ministerial portfolio, following the death of James Ocholi, the late Minister of State for Labour and Productivity in March this year and the exit last week of the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed.
The Environment Minister had exited the cabinet to take up the post of Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations(UN).
Sources close to the Presidency and the National Assembly said on Sunday in Abuja that the Presidency was wary of a continuation of recent bashings from the Senate, a situation that has seen a number of nominees dropped during the confirmation process.
It was learnt that at least 10 Ministers would be dropped from the cabinet while others would be reshuffled.
“There is an understanding that in the New Year, one of the key assignments the Senate will undertake aside the consideration of the 2017 Budget is the screening of some ministerial nominees who will be replacing some of the Ministers who are soon to be asked to leave the cabinet,” a source said.
It was also said that the Ministers soon to leave the cabinet are to cut across the geopolitical zones, an indication that the new names soon to make their ways into the Senate will also come from the
A source said that some rubbing of minds between the Presidency and the Senate has taken place over the issue and that the two arms of government have pledged to work for the interest of the nation.
In recent weeks, some of the decisions of the Senate were said to have taken the Presidency by surprise, a situation that was said to have forced the Executive to lobby the upper legislative chamber.
Also yesterday, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, denied speculations that he had struck a deal with the Ali Modu Sheriff faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the intention of defecting to that camp from the APC.
Saraki had attended the wedding ceremony of a daughter of Modu Sheriff in Abuja on Sunday evening.
Special Assistant to the Senate President on Print Media, Chuks Okocha, said there was no truth in the story of a likely political alliance between Saraki and Modu Sheriff.
According to Okocha, Saraki attended the wedding because he and Modu Sheriff had been long time family friends.