Posted on Thu 8 Oct 2015, 06:23 PM

Fresh huddles have emerged between the nomination of some ministerial candidates and their screening by the Senate as the Senate on Thursday resolved that every nominee must be endorsed by at least two Senators from his state. 

The decision was reached in a closed session of the senate where it deliberated on the procedure for the screening of nominees presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

If the Senate upholds this decision, former governors of Lagos and Rivers State, Babatunde Fashola and Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi may be heading for a tough one.

The three senators from Rivers on Wednesday openly condemned the nomination of their former governor. The attempt to move the motion by Senator Sekibo however was met with strong resistance by senators from the APC who shouted him down.
Mr. Fashola is said not to be the choice of former governor of the state, Bola Tinubu, who controls political decisions in Lagos state.

In addition to this, Spokesman of the Senate, Dino Melaye, said the senate would apply section 147 of the Nigerian constitution‎, which states a nominee must be an indigene of one of the 36 states of the federation, in the exercise. He also disclosed that the senate would use section 14(3‎) of the 1999 constitution, which stipulates that a nominee must be eligible by age and academic qualification to be confirmed as a minister. 

The senate will be requiring the ministerial nominees to show prove of asset declaration at the code of conduct bureau in the process. 

Former Lawmakers will enjoy the privilege of the traditional take a bow but not without some grilling.

It will be recalled that Amina Ibrahim from Kaduna and Rotimi Amaechi from Rivers State had petitions written against them from their constituency bothering on state of origin and alleged corruption respectively. 

 

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ministerial screening has centred her activities on corruption inline with the presidential gingle. little do we know that for every successful screening of the corrupt by the corrupt will certainly gradually drag us as a nation miles away from our national dream of a great Nigeria.

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