Abuja - The Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, says the committee has yet to conclude on the petitions against some ministerial nominees.
Anyanwu made this known on Monday in Abuja while briefing newsmen after hearing the petitions.
He said that the committee would take a position on the matter after it concluded the report, which it would present to the Senate within the period of the screening.
Anyanwu, however, did not confirm if the screening of the nominees affected by the petitions would have to be deferred until the report was ready.
Anyanwu confirmed that the committee had only received two petitions against two ministerial nominees, Rotimi
Amaechi and Aisha Mohammed, as against the speculated 10 petitions.
The two nominees appeared before the committee to answer questions arising from the petitions against them.
Amina Mohammed, while responding to the petitions questioning her nomination from Kaduna state, even though she is from Gombe state, told the committee that she did not know for which state she was nominated.
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Mohammed maintained that although she schooled in Kaduna for a long time, she had never laid claim to the state as her origin, but had always maintained that she was from Gombe state.
She added that the controversy surrounding her nomination had led her to even obtain a certificate of state of origin from Gombe state which she presented to the Senate.
However, the Senate while interacting with the petitioner, Barr. James Kanyip, queried why he relied on reports from social media to petition the nomination of Amina Mohammed.
In his response, Kanyip said that he did not question the capability of the nominee, but was only against her nomination if she represented Kaduna state.
He added that if the nominee was for Gombe state, he (Kanyip) would drop his petition, adding that there were very good and reliable hands from Kaduna state.
On the petition against Rotimi Amaechi, the committee suspended hearing on the matter, following a letter from the nominee’s lawyers, Edwards and Willams and Co, stating that the allegations in the petitions were already before a court.
The committee said that as it was the standing rule of the Senate, any matter before a court of competent jurisdiction could not be deliberated upon by the senate or its committees.