A senate source confirmed that the house has received the list.

The new nominees are expected to appear before the senate which will screen and confirm them ahead of their inauguration.

Political instability abounds in Nigeria, where Jonathan took temporary power in early February from Umaru Yar'Adua, the president.

Yar'Adua is ill with a heart condition and was in Saudi Arabia receiving treatment for months, leading to calls within Nigeria that he has left an unconstitutional power vacuum.