Thursday, October 22, 2015

Senate finally screens Amaechi, 4 others

The Nigerian Senate has finally screened the former Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, as a ministerial nominee, ITRealms reports.

Amaechi who was led into the chamber by his party Chairman Chief Odigie Oyegun and Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly (Senate), Sen. Ita Enang, has been on the waiting list since the commencement of the screening exercise in the senate.

ITRealms gathered that the other senators screened, Thursday, include Heineken Lokpobiri form Bayelsa, Cladius Omoleye Daramola from Ondo, Mustapha Baba Shehuri and James E. Ocholi from Kogi State.

Amaechi’s screening became possible following the formal receipt by the Senate of report of the Senator Samuel Anyanwu-led Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition, over a petition bordering on allegations of fraudulent practices during his tenure as the governor of the state.

Although the screening did not go without some interlude in form of interruptions.: Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Sen. Godswill Akpabio raised a point of order, stating that content of the report of the Senator Anyanwu-led committee should have been made known to the Senate, before Amaechi’s screening. Akpabio noted that the PDP-caucus in the Senate had reached a resolution not to ask Amaechi questions.

According to Vanguard , another dramatic scene unfolded in the upper chamber with fierce opposition from PDP Senators, when Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, pointed that that the report on Amaechi had already been laid before the Senate by Senator Anyanwu, adding that copies will be handed to senators shortly. Ndume, however noted that being a former lawmaker, Amaechi should be allowed to take a bow.

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