Senate confirms 18 nominees as ministers
The confirmation of 18 nominees followed voice votes by the senators after their names were read out by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
While 10 of the nominees were screened on Tuesday, eight went through same exercise yesterday.
Like Tuesday’s confirmation hearing, yesterday’s session was preceded by a closed session that lasted for 33 minutes.
It was gathered that during the closed session, the senators agreed to subject the nominees to stiff grilling while being decorous in the process.
Speaking after the session, Saraki said at the session they reviewed the progress of the confirmation hearing.
During the voice votes that lasted a 15 minutes, the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, narrowly escaped the hammer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators who chorused ‘nay’ against his confirmation.
Those confirmed are former governor of Ekiti state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, Amina Ibrahim Mohammed and Senator Udoma Udo Udoma. Others are former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Audu Ogbeh, former governor of old Abia state, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, Engineer Suleiman Hussaini Adamu and Ibrahim Usman Jibril.
Also confirmed are former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, NNPC boss, Ibe Kachikwu, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Dr. Chris Ngige, Aisha Jumai Alhassan, Barrister Solomon Dalong, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and Senator Hadi Sirika.
Former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Ameachi, whose name was number 10 on yesterday’s list was stood down till today.
The chairman of the Senate Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Samuel Anyanwu, said the report on the petition written against Amaechi was not ready.