Two Senators Must Endorse Each Ministerial Nominee, Senate Rules
There are indications that some of the ministerial hopefuls nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari may not scale through the screening by the senate as the upper legislative chamber on Thursday ruled that each of the nominees must get the endorsement of two senators from their home state to pass the screening exercise.
This decision of the senate may have placed a hurdle in from some of the minister among whom are former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola and his Rivers State counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi.
The senate is expected to commence the screening of the ministerial nominees next Tuesday.
While Fashola’s chances may be blocked by senators from Lagos State especially as he is said not to be the choice of a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the three senators from Rivers State has already kicked against the nomination of Anaechi as minister.
Speaking on the procedure the senate would employ in the screening of the ministerial nominees, spokesman of the upper chamber, Dino Melaye, said the senate would apply section 147 of the Nigerian constitution?, which states a nominee must be an indigene of one of the 36 states of the federation, in the exercise.
He also disclosed that the senate would use section 14(3?) of the 1999 constitution, which stipulates that a nominee must be eligible by age and academic qualification to be confirmed as a minister.
The adhoc senate spokesman said the ministerial nominees would also show prove of asset declaration at the code of conduct bureau in the process. He said former lawmakers who are nominees would be given preference in line with the conventions of the senate?.
However, he added that the preference did not imply they would take “a bow and go”.
?Melaye announced that all the ministerial nominees must submit at least 105 copies of their curriculum vitae to the senate before October 12.