The Senate has suspended all ministerial screening till Thursday this week. Accordingly there will be no Plenary tomorrow. [SEE UPDATE BELOW]
The latest development is not unconnected with the battle of wills between the Presidency and the Senate President, Elombah.com was told.
Senate screened only two nominees today as against 3 nominees earlier slated for screening.
Elombah.com had reported that Senate today suspended the screening of the ministerial nominee from Imo State, Professor Anthony Anwukah, and the former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi.
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Senate on Tuesday postponed earlier scheduled screening of Ministerial nominees till Thursday even as there was confusion in the Senate over the screening of a former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, as minister.
Elombah.com learnt that the decision to suspend Amaechi’s screening is not unconnected with the decision of the Appeal court not to stop the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT from proceeding with its hearing of the false assets declaration suit against Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The Senate President is scheduled to appear before of Code of Conduct Tribunal(CCT) on wednesday in continuation of his trial over 13- count charge on alleged falsification of assets declaration .
The Appeal Court in Abuja yesterday adjourned indefinitely Saraki’s case against jurisdiction of the Code of conduct Tribunal. No new date has been fixed for the judgment.
Elombah.com had reported that the Presidency, some powerful politicians from the North -West and an APC stalwart were behind the unexpected postponement of judgement in the appeal filed by Saraki, seeking to stop his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Though a statement issued by the Acting Clerk of the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh on postponement of senate sitting from today to tomorrow did not state any reason for it, but feelers from the leadership of the senate lend credence to the fact that Saraki as a result of his expected appearance before the Tribunal today along with many of the senators, may have caused the rescheduling of plenary session.
The Senate Acting Clerk in the statement said: “This is to inform all distinguished senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that the resumption of the senate in plenary has been rescheduled from Wednesday 21st October 2015, to Thursday 22nd October , 2015”.
Amaechi was included in the first batch of ministerial nominees submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari for screening and confirmation last month.
The first Order Paper released by the upper chamber included eight ministerial nominees slated for screening.
The names on the list included Amaechi, but another Order Paper issues minutes later had only three nominees, with Amaechi’s name conspicuously missing.
The names in the first Order Paper are – Barr.Adebayo Shittu (Oyo), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri (Bayelsa), Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), khadija Abba Ibrahim (Yobe), Hon. Bawa Bwari (Niger), Ocholi Enojo James (Kogi), Mansur Muhammed (Zamfara) and Zainab Ahmed (Kaduna).
At the end of Tuesday plenary only .Adebayo Shittu (Oyo), khadija Abba Ibrahim (Yobe), were screened by the senate postponed the secreening of Prof. Daramola Omoyele.