Senate Spokesman, Senator Dino Melaye,has said that,in spite of the petitions brought against the nomination of former Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi, for ministerial appointment,the Senate will subsequently screen and confirm him for appointment.
The Street Journal recalls that Amaechi, whose name was among the first batch of ministerial nominees submitted to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari, has had his screening postponed twice -first on Wednesday and again on Thursday.
This was sequel to the inability of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to submit report on the petition brought by the People’s Democratic Party Senators from Rivers State seeking to stop his appointment as minister.
Amaechi had appeared before the ad-hoc Committee led by PDP’s Senator Anyanwu since Monday, yet the Committee failed to turn in its report to enable the Senate to consider him for screening and confirmation.
Reacting to the development on Thursday after Amaechi’s screening was again postponed till Tuesday, Melaye, however, told newsmen that the issue was a storm in a tea cup and the petitions will not stop Amaechi’s screening and confirmation for ministerial position.
According to the Senate Spokesman, the Senate will definitely not consider the petition because the case against Amaechi is pending before the court, and the Senate Standing Rule prohibits the Senate from dabbling into an issue that is pending before the court.
Explaining the reason for the deferment of the screening of some of the nominees till next week,Melaye said it was because some had yet to submit their curriculum vitae and other relevant documents for their screening.
It would be recalled that Amaechi has been having a running battle with his successor and former aide, Nyesom Wike, who won the governorship on alongside the Rivers Senators on PDP’s platform.