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PDP Senators Threaten To Scuttle Ministerial Screening


Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday evening threat­ened to scuttle the screening of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers next Tuesday.

The federal legislators, who met behind closed- doors for an hour to consider the criteria set by the Senate for the confirmation of the nominees, resolved to reject the partial list.

Although the senators re­fused to brief Senate corre­spondents at the end of their one-hour meeting, sources close to the party told re­vealed that the senators have resolved to reject piecemeal presentation of the list of minister nominees.

It was gathered that the PDP senators have decided to hold down the screening process, unless Buhari sends the full compliments of the ministerial list by Tuesday.

Sources at the meeting further disclosed that the lawmakers have resolved to send message to the Presi­dent through the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, for onward delivery to Buhari.

It was gathered that the senators would be prepared to stall the screening process on Tuesday if the President of the Senate fails to read the remaining list of ministerial nominees at the start of sit­ting on Tuesday.

“The senators of the PDP are united, and they have taken a stand on the ministe­rial screening. After adopt­ing the procedures already ratified at the executive ses­sion of all the senators, the PDP Caucus resolved to also demand a full list of minis­terial nominees by Tuesday; else they will have no other option than to hold down the screening process.

“The senators are of the view that the nation, hav­ing waited for four months cannot continue to wait in perpetuity for the full com­plement of ministers to as­sume office,” a source at the meeting said


– Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja


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