Screening: Fashola, Amaechi Walks Tight Rope As Senate Insist On States’ Senators Endorsementby Ezinna Bosah 08/10/2015 14:18:00 0 comments 1 Views
The rule that every ministerial nominee must be endorsed by at least two senators from his/her state will be enforced by the Nigerian senate as the upper chamber prepares to screen prospective cabinet members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
The senate position was revealed by the chairman senate adhoc committee on publicity, Dino Melaye, today, October 8, while speaking to newsmen.
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According to Melaye, the red chamber would abide by constitutional provisions and senate standing rules for screening the nominees next week.
The rules clearly states that every ministerial nominee must be endorsed by at least two senators from his/her state, which puts the likes of former governors of Lagos and Rivers state, Babatunde Fashola and Rotimi Amaechi at risk.
Already, the senators from Rivers state has already submitted a petition to the senate concerning Amaechi’s nomination, they accused him of fraud and corruption.
The Rivers state government has already issued a statement saying Amaechi’s nomination as minister will not save him from being prosecuted for looting the state’s funds.
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Also, the Rivers state police command said it uncovered plots by two opposing groups to demonstrate over the ministerial nomination of the former governor of the state.
According to The Cable, except there is last-minute realignment of political forces regarding the issue, some of the ministerial nominees may not scale through.
On his part, Fashola has been having a running battle with political forces in Lagos state, which some political analysts say is the handiwork of his predecessor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
A civil society organisation in Lagos, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), also petitioned the Senate against the nomination of Fashola.
The petition which was dated Saturday, October 3, had asked the Senate not to confirm the former Lagos governor stressing that the legislative arm should deem it necessary to visit Lagos first before screening Fashola.
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At the weekend, chieftains of some opposition political parties and activists expressed their displeasure with the ministerial list which according to them falls short of expectations. Some expressed doubt that the president was committed to fighting corruption with the calibre of people he intended to appoint as ministers.
In a related development, some APC chieftains whose names are reportedly on the ministerial have started lobbying senators so they can successfully scale the screening process billed for Wednesday, October 7. Some others are said to have gone spiritual, embarking on intensive prayer sessions to come out unscathed aster the exercise.