Ministerial Screening: Senate Committee Completes Report On Amaechi

imageThe Ethics, Privileges and Public Relations Committee of the Senate has completed its investigation of former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and the Senate may confirm him Tuesday for ministerial appointment.

The Chairman of the Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions Committee of the Senate, Senator Samuel Anyanwu said the report on Amaechi was ready and that it would be laid on Tuesday during plenary. Although Anyanwu was silent on the content of the report on Amaechi, the Senate leader, Ali Ndume said in an interview that the former governor would be screened on Tuesday.

“Quote me, Amaechi will be screened and confirmed because he possesses the qualification to be a minister. I know you are aware that Amaechi has not been convicted of any crime,” Ndume said in an exclusive interview with our correspondent.

Some of the minority Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators are spoiling for war – initiated from outside the Senate – vowing to stop Amaechi’s screening, but their All Progressives Congress (APC) counterparts are set to ensure his clearance.

“We are allowing the minority to have their say. We will have our way,” Senate Leader Ali Ndume, (APC, Borno North), said.

He said: “This issue of Amaechi is generating unnecessary tension. I think being a two-term governor and a former Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, he is qualified to be a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The report of the Senate Committee is ready and we will go ahead with the screening of the nominee. Our responsibility lies in ensuring that Amaechi has met the requirements of the constitution.

“We have to confirm if he is truly from Rivers State, his agenda for the nation and if he has the capacity to serve this country.”

Ndume added: “There is no provision in the 1999 Constitution or the Senate Standing Orders that says you must disqualify a nominee because of a petition.

“If anyone has issues or allegations against Amaechi, let the person go to court to prove these. Under normal circumstance, Amaechi ought to take a bow in view of his past records.

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