CNPP to sen­a­tors: Don’t scut­tle min­is­te­rial screen­ing

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - Muideen Olaniyi

The Con­fer­ence of Nige­rian Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties (CNPP) has ad­vised the Se­nate not to al­low ‘self-in­ter­est’ hi­jack the screen­ing and con­fir­ma­tion of min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees sent by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

In a state­ment is­sued yesterday by its na­tional pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary, Osita Okechukwu, the party ap­pealed to the sen­a­tors to col­lec­tively fast-track the screen­ing and con­fir­ma­tion of the min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees.

The group stated that a speedy ap­proval of the nom­i­nees was the only panacea to ce­ment ‘cor­dial bi­par­ti­san re­la­tion­ship’, not­ing that a ran­corous screen­ing and con­fir­ma­tion process will in no way ap­pease nor re­as­sure the good peo­ple of Nige­ria, who are anx­iously wait­ing for the pro­gres­sive change they voted for.

“Our can­did ap­peal is that grid­lock is avoid­able, only if the distin­guished sen­a­tors, in their en­light­ened self­in­ter­est and over­all na­tional in­ter­est dur­ing the screen­ing process, limit them­selves to the pro­vi­sions of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion of the Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of Nige­ria and ex­tant laws, and not nec­es­sar­ily trapped by their own guide­lines and rules.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the need to thor­oughly screen the nom­i­nees and the im­port of screen­ing out the bad eggs. How­ever, we are mak­ing this pas­sion­ate call of ur­gent na­tional im­por­tance to fast­track the process so as to en­gen­der cor­dial bi-par­ti­san re­la­tion­ship be­tween the ex­ec­u­tive and the leg­is­la­ture.

“For the avoid­ance of doubt, how can we ex­plain and jus­tify that Ha­jiya Amina Mo­hammed, an ac­claimed global tech­no­crat, is de­nied con­fir­ma­tion on the flimsy ex­cuse of state of ori­gin? Can we ex­plain the hur­ried man­ner and an­tics of the Gover­nor of Rivers State, His Ex­cel­lency, Nye­son Wike to make sure that his pre­de­ces­sor, Rt. Hon Chibuike Ro­timi Amaechi is de­nied con­fir­ma­tion? Can we de­fend the case of a for­mer gover­nor of La­gos State, Raji Fashola, whose tra­duc­ers want to re­vise his en­vi­able records and deny him con­fir­ma­tion?” CNPP asked.

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