Se­nate screens 6 more min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees as PDP Se­na­tors kick

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

The Se­nate yes­ter­day screened six more min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees sub­mit­ted by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

With yes­ter­day’s screen­ing, the Se­nate so far has screened 31 out of the 36 nom­i­nees.

So far, 18 of the min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees have been con­firmed, while five are still await­ing the screen­ing, 12 are yet to be con­firmed.

The nom­i­nees that were screened yes­ter­day in­clude Ge­of­frey Onyeama,(Enugu), re­tired Bri­gadier Gen­eral Mo­hammed M. Dan-Ali(Zam­fara) Zainab Sham­suna Ahmed(Kaduna) Pro­fes­sor Isaac Folorun­sho Ade­wole (Osun), Pas­tor Usani Usani Uguru(Cross River) and Abubakar Bwari Bawa(Niger).

Those yet to be screened are: Pro­fes­sor An­thony An­wuka, Okechukwu Enelamah, Muham­madu Bello, Ms. Aisha Abubakar and Adamu Adamu.

There was mild drama dur­ing the screen­ing of Pas­tor Uguru as Se­na­tors of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) picked of­fence on his state­ment against their party.

Uguru had while re­spond­ing to side talks said “God for­bid to be in PDP”, a state­ment that an­gered the PDP Se­na­tors.

The Mi­nor­ity Leader, Sen­a­tor Godswill Ak­pabio de­manded an apol­ogy, say­ing Pas­tor Uguru ben­e­fited from the PDP ad­min­is­tra­tion as a mem­ber of a board of Fed­eral agency.

Uguru apol­o­gised but did not pacify the PDP Se­na­tors as they raised point of or­der that Uguru did not de­clare his as­sets and that his tax clear­ance was ques­tion­able.

But the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki said all the nom­i­nees had sub­mit­ted their as­sets dec­la­ra­tion cer­tifi­cate.

There­after, Sen­a­tor Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP, Abia North) raised Or­der 14 and said all the tax clear­ances were ob­tained on same day.

But the sit­u­a­tion was calm as Saraki ruled Ohuabunwa out of or­der and asked Pas­tor Uguru to re­spond to ques­tions from Sen­a­tor Ba­rau Jib­ril (APC, Kano North) and take a bow and go.

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