Breaking News: At Last, Senate Receives Buhari’s Ministerial ListFeatured, Latest News, News Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja
BALTIMORE, MD, (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – At last, the senate has received the list of ministerial nominees from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Senate President, Bukola Saraki tweeted that the list has been received by him, saying “I can confirm that I just received the list of ministerial nominees from President Muhammedu Buhari”.
Saraki had earlier during the waiting game over the ministerial list , tweeted that the list was not yet received by him as a way of debunking reports that the list was already with the senate yesterday morning.
It would be recalled that even at the senate’s plenary session on Wednesday, the Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio (PDP Akwa Ibom North West), raised a point of order under matter of urgent national importance, to demand for the list from the Senate President.
He noted that the nation’s newspapers in the last couple of weeks, have been awashed with stories of ministerial appointments by the president and further asked the Senate President why he received the list from President Buhari and was hiding it from his colleagues.
But as Saraki attempted to answer Akpabio’s question, Deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah,(APC,Kebbi South), raised another point of order, upon which he explained that the day was still young,saying since the day’s session ends by 12:30pm, there was still the hope that the president would transmit the list of ministerial nominees to the Upper Chamber before the close of the session.
He also said since the day ends by 11:59pm, there was still hope that the list could come before the time.
A hope that eventually came to pass at about 5:00pm Wednesday when the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari submitted the list to the Senate President in the presence of the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on National Assembly matters ( Senate) , senator Ita Enang.
Efforts made by our correspondent to get the content of the list from the Senate President , proved abortive as his Special Adviser on Media, Yusuf Olaniyonu , told him that yes the list has been received by his principal but that he would not disclose its content as regards who and who are on it, until Tuesday , when he will officially read it on the floor of the Senate.
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