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Senate booby-traps on ministerial nominees

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The senate in an executive session on Thursday which last about an hour came out with what they regard as the enforcement of relevant constitutional provisions and the standing rules of the senate.

According to the spokesman of the senate, Dino Melaye the senate insists that only nominees endorsed by at least two senators from their states on origin will stand before the senate for screening. He said it is the convention of the senate.  This is likely to affect some nominees such as the former governor of Rivers state Rotimi Amaechi who has a running battle with the three PDP senators from his state and the governor of the state. Amaechi refused to show presence at the probe panel which has now said he converted N53.5billion of state funds to other use.

Also Mrs Amina Mohammed is already facing rejection from the senators from Kaduna state which she is representing as the senators have submitted a petition against her nomination. It is not clear now, with the new order from the senate, if she would be allowed to appear before the senate. Amina who holds the slot of Kaduna state is said to originally from Gombe state and the Kaduna state senators are saying she cannot take their slot.

There are speculations that the former governor of Lagos state Babatunde Fashola may face rejection by senators from Lagos state except he receives the backing of the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu. Fashola is likely to explain the corruption allegations from the Lagos state government which interestingly has been removed from the Lagos state web site. Kayode Fayemi may be lucky as the current governor Ayodele Fayose has asked senators from the state to endorse Fayemi.

The spokesman of the senate also said that the senate insists that all nominees declare their assets and they must all produce certificate as proof from the Code of Conduct Bureau.