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Senate to be professional in screening ministers

12 October 2015, 11:11Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The screening of ministerial nominees will be handled with all sense of responsibility and in adherence to the provision of the Constitution, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said.

“We will be fair to all and be guided by the interest of Nigeria. The screening will be devoid of sentiment and it is not an opportunity for anybody to settle scores. We are equally eager for us to make a positive difference in our polity and Nigerians will be able to judge us whether we acted in their best interest or not,” Saraki said.

The ministerial list President Buhari submitted to Senate was confirmed last week.

Screening is scheduled for this week.

Meanwhile, Saraki has denied meeting or communication with Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress National Leader, since he was elected Senate President.

Speaking through his media office, Saraki said there was no basis for a newspaper to report that both of them are both plotting to oppose the President.

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“I have decided not to join issues with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

However, I know that most Nigerians are aware that there has been no meeting or communication between me and Asiwaju Tinubu since I was elected Senate President. Therefore, I do not see any basis for a newspaper to report that we are both plotting to oppose the President,” Saraki said.

He added that Tinubu was one of the leaders of the APC who played an influential role in the victory of the party in the last election.

“I recognise Tinubu as one of the leaders of the APC who contributed so much to the victory of the party in the last election. Some other people also contributed and I believe the collective efforts made it possible for the first time in the history of our party for an opposition party to win the general elections.”

The Senate President said he remained a committed member of the APC and will do all in his power to ensure the party fulfilled its promises to bring positive changes into the country.

“Since my election as Senate President, my focus and efforts have been devoted to doing the job that I was elected to do by my constituents and my colleagues in the Senate. Twice, my colleagues have confirmed their support for me as the primus inter pares in the Senate,” he said.

Saraki is under probe for asset declaration issues.

- CAJ News


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