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Tension in Senate over Amaechi, Ngige

12 October 2015, 18:12

Abuja - Senate President Bukola Saraki is under pressure to stick to the tradition of the upper chamber by allowing ex-lawmakers who are ministerial nominees to just take bow, reports The Nation.

While many senators support the parliamentary tradition of the automatic clearance of former lawmakers, some senators from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are pushing for an open and equal screening for all the nominees.

Eight out of the 21 nominees are former lawmakers.

Also read: Ministerial screening will be thorough Saraki

They are: Sen. Udoma Udo-Udoma; Sen. Aisha Alhassan; Sen. Chris Ngige; Sen. Hadi Sirika;  Rotimi Amaechi (a former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly);  Audu Ogbeh (a former Deputy Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly); Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto (a former member of the House of Representatives); and Adebayo Shittu (a former member of the Oyo State House of Assembly).

The leadership of the Senate may take a decision before the screening exercise starts on Tuesday.

Saraki is likely to present the issue before the Executive Session prior to the screening.

Read more at  The Nation.

- News 24


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