Ministerial Screening: Can The Senate Deliver?

The Nigerian Senate has made two important pronouncements concerning the ministerial screening, commencing on Tuesday, 13/10/15. These pronouncements are (1) To enforce the rule that every ministerial nominee must be endorsed by at least two Senators from his/her state. (2) That no assets declaration forms, no screening. My simple question is, what happens if the Senators from the individual States fail to endorse their nominees, may be due to party differences or other issues? Let’s take Dr Ngige for example, He is a member of APC, whereas some of the Senators from Anambra State are from PDP. Also Senator Ngige has a case against Senator Uche Ekwunife, who deposed him. So we are looking at a potential difficult situation.

This will necessitate intense lobbying and perhaps bribery of some sorts (you know what Nigerians are like). It would have been better for the entire Senate to override this particular rule. The assets declaration forms as stipulated by the Senate are perfectly in order. Yours truly has written about it previously. Having said the above, permit me to ask Nigerians one simple question. If anyone has any reason(s), why any of these Ministerial nominees should not be approved by the Senate, say/send your petitions to National Assembly or forever keep your silence. So far the Senate has received no fewer than twenty five (25) petitions, against some of the nominees, according to Sky Trend News (online news portal). The question is, can the Senate deliver correct screening that will meet the taste of time, considering their own stipulations and public petitions. All eyes are on them.

Ogun East Senatorial District Election Nullified.

The National and State Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal Sitting at Abeokuta, nullified the election of Senator Buruji Kashamu. This nullification might have come at the right time, so that the embattled Senator, can have time to visit America, to clear his drug charges. Since a re-run election will take place in ninety (90) days, He can take the opportunity to make an appearance at the United States Court and come back. Being a “lawmaker” He should not hesitate to face the law elsewhere.

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