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Senate May Screen Amaechi, Aisha Abubakar Today


There are strong indications that the Senate may screen the duo of former Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, and Aisha Abubakar as it resumes the screening exercise of the re­maining 18 ministerial nomi­nees today.

This was sequel to positive re­ports that the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions is set to present before the Senate this morning on pe­titions written against them by their petitioners from Rivers and Sokoto states, respectively.

While the Committee is set­ting aside the petitions written against Amaechi by Port Har- court-based Integrity Group, in its report on the grounds of issues raised therein already in the court of law, is throwing out, out right-

ly, the one written against Aisha Abubakar by Concerned Sokoto Women on the grounds of being routed through wrong channels.

Aisha, who faced the Senate Committee yesterday on petition written against her, got a clean bill of health from all the Com­mittee members, who said the petition should not be treated for only being copied to the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and not directly addressed to him.

First to raise the issue was Sen­ator Obinna Joshua Ogba, who pointed out that the petition was addressed directly to President Muhammadu Buhari and not the Senate President, which, ac­cording to him, contravenes rule 41(5a) of the Senate Standing Rule.

Senators, who concurred to Ogba’s submission by urging the Committee Chairman to dis­regard the petition in its entirety for being wrongly addressed, include: Dino Melaye, Jerry Useni, Binta Garba Mashi and Wale Omogunwa.

Melaye particularly noted that since the petition was directly addressed to Buhari, and not the Senate President, the Committee should consider it as dead on ar­rival.

He added that another proce­dural defect in the petition was the rules of letter writing the pe­titioners did not follow.

According to him, a petition is supposed to be signed by pe­titioners before copying other interested parties and not copying before signing.

“Going by all these identified blunders , the petition is more or less, a wishy washy one which should not be treated in anyway by the committee but rather dumped into the trash can,” he said.

But the Chairman of the Com­mittee, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, before giving Aisha Abuba- kar clean bill of health, asked her two questions on fundamental issues raised against her in the petition.

He asked whether she is an in­digene of Sokoto State or not, to which she answered yes by say­ing she is a native of Dogondaji town in Tambuwal Local Gov­ernment.



– Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja

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