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Presidency okays senate's screening of Amaechi

27 October 2015, 15:17

Abuja - The Presidency has backed the screening of former Governor Rotimi Amaechi last week Tuesday by the senate, despite the fact that the report of a petition against him had yet to be considered, Punch reports.

The senators of the Peoples Democratic Party had last week kicked against the decision of the upper chamber to proceed with the screening of Amaechi without first considering the report of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, which allegedly advised against the exercise.

But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, in Abuja on Monday that the Senate reserved every right to adopt any procedure to carry out its legislative business.

Also read: Senate confirms Amaechi ministerial nomination

He said the senators are within their constitutional right to regulate their own proceedings.

The constitution authorises the Senate and the House of Representatives and every legislative House to regulate its own proceedings, including managing matters that are brought before them.

Enang commended the senators and the nominees so far screened for the maturity they displayed in handling the exercise, which according to him, was very peaceful, contrary to insinuations that it would be rancorous.

Read more at Punch

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