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Ministerial Screening: Senate To Confirm Amaechi, 17 Other Nominees Today

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Following the conclusion of the screening of the 36 ministerial nominees sent by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian senate is expected to confirm the nomination of former Rivers state governor Rotimi Amaechi and 17 other nominees as ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, today (Thursday).

The last five ministerial nominees, screened by the senate on Wednesday, were Okechukwu Enelamah (Abia), Anwuka Anthony (Imo), Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa), Adamu Adamu (Bauchi) and Aisha Abubakar (Sokoto).

The senate had earlier screened and confirmed 18 of the nominees on the 14th of October.

Other nominees to be confirmed today are Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim(Yobe), Claudius Omoleye Daramola, (Ondo), Geoffrey Onyeama,( Enugu), retired Brigadier General Mohammed M. Dan-Ali (Zamfara), Barrister James E. Ocholi (Kogi), Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed (Kaduna), Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Borno), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa), Professor Isaac Adewole Folorunsho (Osun), Pastor Usani Usani Uguru (Cross River), and Abubakar Bwari Bawa(Niger), and Barrister Adebayo Shittu (Oyo).

Meanwhile, senators on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have maintained their resolve not to participate in the confirmation of former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

It was learnt that Immediately Saraki announced adjournment, members of the PDP caucus in the Senate went into a closed-door meeting.

During the brief meeting, the senators decided that they would maintain that position in today’s confirmation exercise.

It was also learnt that the PDP vowed to withdraw their support for senate president Bukola Saraki if he allows Rotimi Amaechi to be confirmed as Minister.

Recall that Senators of the PDP caucus had refused to participate in the screening of Amaechi, in protest against the fact that they had just received the report of the Senate Ethics and Privileges Committee on allegations of fraud against him, and did not have sufficient time to study the report.