Ministerial Confirmation: Senate disagrees over Amaechi’s nomination

Ministerial Confirmation: Senate disagrees over Amaechi’s nomination

The Nigerian Senate on Thursday was thrown into a rowdy session over the confirmation of former governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, one of the 18 ministerial nominees slated for confirmation Thursday. When the President of the senate posed the question for the adoption of the proceedings, the APC senators answered in the affirmative while the PDP senators chorused a loud `nay’.

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Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) minced no words in expressing their reservation over the confirmation of the former governor as a result of the ongoing allegation of fraud.They had insisted that a committee report on the alleged corruption petition against Amaechi be considered by the Senate to determine his confirmation.

Senator George Sekibo from Rivers State was of the opinion that toeing the path of morality, would mean Amaechi would not be confirmed.

Senator Babajide Omoworare however replied him by quoting extensively from the constitution and senate rules to declare Sekibo’s argument void.

taking a drastic turn, the PDP senators staged a walkout but the Senate went ahead to confirm Amaechi and the other 17 nominees that had earlier been screened.  Senate President Bukola Saraki went ahead to hit the gavel in favour of the affirmative and as such, validated the votes and proceedings of the senate.

Thereafter, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, wished the confirmed nominees a successful tenure as ministers and admonished them to work hand in hand with President Muhammadu to move Nigeria forward.

He said accountability would be a huge part of the ministers tenure as they will be bound by all the promises they made during the screening exercise.

Meanwhile, the Senate also considered the request of President Muhammadu Buhari for a 200-million-dollar World Bank loan for Lagos State.

Oak TV, Ministerial Confirmation

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