Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ministerial List: Buhari must be screened if he’s Petroleum Minister—SENATE

By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke
ABUJA — STRONG indications have emerged that
tomorrow’s plenary session, where the Senate
would unveil the ministerial list sent by President
Muhammadu Buhari, may be stormy as senators
are saying the President must, in line with the
constitution, submit himself before the Upper
Chamber for screening if he appointed himself
Minister of Petroleum.
They are also set to reject an incomplete list, saying
the constitution provides for a nominee from each
state of the federation and that any list that did not
cover the 36 states would suffer serious opposition
on the floor of the Senate.
The senators have also vowed that they would not
be cowed by the trial of Senate President, Dr.
Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT,
just as they promised to adopt stringent measures
in line with the provisions of the Constitution during
the screening of ministerial nominees.
They added that the tradition of take-a-bow for
senators coming for screening as ministers would
be jettisoned, adding that they were prepared to
send names of nominees to the sender of such a
Senate President, Dr. Saraki, is currently facing trial
at CCT, following a 13-count charge levelled against
him by the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, bordering
on alleged corruption and false declaration of
assets in 2003 and summoned him to appear before
it, which he did.

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