Buhari may swear in min­is­ters Wed­nes­day

Sen­ate con­firms Amaechi, 17 oth­ers Ek­w­ere­madu stays put as PDP sen­a­tors walk out in protest

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili & Ismail Mu­dashir

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari is to as­sign port­fo­lio and ad­min­is­ter the oath of of­fice on his min­is­ters “most likely on Wed­nes­day”, Daily Trust has learnt.

A source at the Pres­i­dency,who craved anonymity be­cause he was not au­tho­rized to speak on the is­sue, dis­closed this to our cor­re­spon­dent yes­ter­day.

“The first ma­jor of­fi­cial as­sign­ment be­fore Mr Pres­i­dent in Novem­ber is the in­au­gu­ra­tion of his cabi­net. Ar­range­ments have al­ready been made for this and this [will] most likely hap­pen on Wed­nes­day”, the source said.

In the same vein, an aide to one of the min­is­ters-des­ig­nate also told our cor­re­spon­dent last night that his prin­ci­pal had re­ceived a mes­sage from the Pres­i­dency

that the in­au­gu­ra­tion would take place on Wed­nes­day.

“The in­au­gu­ra­tion is tak­ing place Wed­nes­day next week, ac­cord­ing to what I heard my boss say­ing this (yes­ter­day) af­ter­noon,” the aide said.

But the Spe­cial Ad­viser to the Pres­i­dent on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Mr Femi Adesina, said only the pres­i­dent would com­mu­ni­cate when he would in­au­gu­rate his cabi­net.

Adesina, who said he could not con­firm ex­actly when the min­is­ters­des­ig­nate would be sworn in, added they would have to no­tify their fam­ily mem­bers. The Sen­ate yes­ter­day con­firmed former gover­nor of Rivers State, Ro­timi Amaechi as min­is­ter, along with 17 other nom­i­nees.

This is even as sen­a­tors of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party ( PDP) walked out from the Sen­ate cham­ber af­ter fail­ing to stop Amaechi’s con­fir­ma­tion.

With the con­fir­ma­tion, the Sen­ate has con­firmed all the 36 nom­i­nees sub­mit­ted by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari for cabi­net po­si­tion.

The con­fir­ma­tion of the min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees started af­ter the Sen­a­tors re­turned from a closed ses­sion that lasted for 1.20 min­utes.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that at the end of ses­sion, sen­a­tors of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) were seen around the Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki while their PDP coun­ter­parts, in­clud­ing the Deputy Sen­ate Ike Ek­w­ere­madu, gath­ered around the Mi­nor­ity Leader Godswill Ak­pabio.

Im­me­di­ately, the Sen­ate re­sumed sit­ting, Ak­pabio drew the at­ten­tion of the sen­ate pres­i­dent to the need to de­bate the re­port on the pe­ti­tion against Amaechi.

Saraki noted the ob­ser­va­tion of Ak­pabio and the con­fir­ma­tion proper com­menced.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that in less than 20 min­utes, the sen­a­tors con­firmed 17 of the nom­i­nees as Sen­a­tor Achonu Nneji (PDP, Imo North) an­nounced the with­drawal of pe­ti­tion writ­ten against the Imo State nom­i­nee Pro­fes­sor An­thony An­wuka.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the trou­ble started when it got to the con­fir­ma­tion of Amaechi.

Saraki asked the chair­man of the Ethics, Priv­i­leges and Pub­lic pe­ti­tions com­mit­tee, Sen­a­tor Sa­muel Anyanwu to present the re­port on pe­ti­tion against Amaechi.

Pre­sent­ing the re­port, Anyanwu said his com­mit­tee was un­able to rec­om­mend the con­sid­er­a­tion of Amaechi’s con­fir­ma­tion as there was a court case on the mat­ter.

Not sat­is­fied with the re­port, the Sen­ate Leader Ali Ndume moved a point of or­der (53), say­ing the com­mit­tee lacks the power to make any rec­om­men­da­tion as the mat­ter was be­fore the court.

But Ak­pabio re­fused to sec­ond the mo­tion; rather, he in­sisted that the rules of the Sen­ate must be ad­hered to.

“I want us to fol­low our rules and not our sen­ti­ment. The leader is mov­ing the mo­tion to shut down the de­bate,” he said.

Af­ter Ak­pabio spoke, Sen­a­tor Ge­orge Thomp­son Sek­ibo (PDP, Rivers East) took to the floor and rec­om­mended that the con­fir­ma­tion of Amaechi be sus­pended.

How­eve r , Baba­jideO­moworare (APC, Osun East) op­posed Sek­ibo, say­ing the rec­om­men­da­tions of the com­mit­tee can be amended, and sec­onded the mo­tion by Ndume.

Sen­a­tor Bio­dunOlu­jimi (PDP, Ek­iti South) said: “Mr. Pres­i­dent from all in­di­ca­tions, we have been shut­down. Mr. Pres­i­dent there is a moral bur­den not only on us but Pres­i­dent Muham­maduBuhari.”

Af­ter she spoke, all the PDP Sen­a­tors walked out of the cham­ber in protest but the Deputy Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Ike Ek­w­ere­madu stayed be­hind.

Sen­a­tor Barnabas Ge­made (APC, Benue) then sug­gested that they carry on the con­fir­ma­tion of Amaechi.

Saraki put a ques­tion on the re­port of the pe­ti­tion against Amaechi and the sen­a­tors unan­i­mously voted against it. Amaechi was even­tu­ally con­firmed.

Oth­ers con­firmed yes­ter­day in­clude Adamud Adamu (Bauchi), Prof An­thony An­wuka (Imo), Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia), Muham­madu Bello (Adamawa), Ms. Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto), Khadija Bukar Abba ( Yobe), Claudius Daramola (Ondo) and Ge­of­frey Onyeama (Enugu).

The rest are M. DanAli (Zam­fara) Bar­ris­ter James E. Ocholi( Kogi), Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna), Mustapha She­huri (Borno), Sen­a­tor Heineken Lokpo­biri (Bayelsa), Prof Isaac Ade­wole Folorun­sho (Osun), Pas­tor Usani Usani Uguru (Cross River), Abubakar Bwari Bawa (Niger) and Bar­ris­ter Adebayo Shittu (Oyo).

Ear­lier, con­firmed (Anam­bra), Fayemi (Ek­iti), Amaechi the Sen­ate Chris Ngige Kay­ode Ro­timi (Rivers), Ba­batunde Fashola (Lagos), Ab­dul­rah­man Dam­bazau (Kano), Aisha Al­has­san ( Taraba), Og­bon­naya Onu (Ebonyi), Kemi Adeo­sun (Ogun), Abubakar Malami (Kebbi), Hadi Sirika (Katsina), Suleiman Adamu ( Ji­gawa), Solomon Da­long (Plateau), Ibe Kachikwu (Delta), Osagie Ehanire (Edo), Audu Og­beh (Benue), Udo Udo Udoma (Akwa Ibom) and Lai Mo­hammed (Kwara)

Oth­ers are Amina Mo­hammed (Gombe), Ibrahim Us­man Jib­ril (Nasarawa), An­thony On­wuka (Imo), Muham­madu Bello (Adamawa).

Saraki thanked his col­leagues and said the nom­i­nees have the ca­pac­ity to con­trib­ute to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

Photo Macjohn Akande

PDP sen­a­tors walk out of the Sen­ate cham­bers to protest Ro­timi Amaechi’s clear­ance as a min­is­te­rial nom­i­nee, be­fore his con­fir­ma­tion at the Na­tional As­sem­bly in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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