Cabi­net, Amaechi, 16 oth­ers to know fate to­day

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ismail Mu­dashir

The Sen­ate yes­ter­day de­ferred the min­is­te­rial con­fir­ma­tion of former Rivers State Gover­nor, Ro­timi Amaechi, Mal­lam Adamu Adamu and 16 oth­ers to to­day.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the Sen­a­tors had on the Oc­to­ber 14 con­firmed 18 of the nom­i­nees two days into the com­mence­ment of the con­fir­ma­tion hear­ing.

The con­fir­ma­tion of the 18 oth­ers was de­ferred to to­day af­ter the Sen­a­tors screened the five re­main­ing nom­i­nees namely, Adamu Adamu (Bauchi) Pro­fes­sor An­thony Gozie An­wuka (Imo), Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia), Muham­madu Musa Bello(Adamawa) and Ms. Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto).

Also to be con­firmed to­day are Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim(Yobe), Claudius Omol­eye Daramola, (Ondo), Ge­of­frey Onyeama,( Enugu), re­tired Bri­gadier Gen­eral Mo­hammed M. Dan-Ali (Zam­fara) Bar­ris­ter James E. Ocholi (Kogi), Zainab Sham­suna Ahmed (Kaduna), Mustapha Baba She­huri (Borno), Sen­a­tor Heineken Lokpo­biri (Bayelsa) Pro­fes­sor Isaac Ade­wole Folorun­sho (Osun), Pas­tor Usani Usani Uguru (Cross River) and Abubakar Bwari Bawa(Niger).

The Oyo State nom­i­nee, Bar­ris­ter Adebayo Shittu who was on the first min­is­te­rial list sub­mit­ted by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari would also be con­firmed to­day.

At yes­ter­day’s screen­ing, only Ms. Aisha Abubakar was asked to take a bow and go af­ter she de­liv­ered her in­tro­duc­tory speech.

Adamu in an an­swer to a ques­tion from Sen­a­tor Hope Uzodimma (PDP, Imo West) cre­ated drama on the floor. “Sen­a­tor Hope has an­swered all his ques­tions in his ex­pla­na­tion,” Adamu said.

Mean­while, Sen­a­tors of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) yes­ter­day held an emer­gency meet­ing ahead of to­day’s con­fir­ma­tion.

The meet­ing which was held at the Sen­ate hear­ing room 1 was chaired by the Mi­nor­ity leader, Sen­a­tor Godswill Ak­pabio and lasted for about an hour.

It would be re­called that the PDP sen­a­tors re­fused to par­tic­i­pate in the ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion when Amaechi ap­peared for screen­ing last Thurs­day.

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