The Senate President Bukola Saraki has written to the National Asse!bly Service Commission to express his displeasure over the way the Deputy Clerk of the Senate was bypassed, to appoint a new Clerk for the Upper Chamber.
He thus rejected the appointment of Mohammed Sani-Omolori as the Clerk of the Senate.
In a letter written to the National Assembly Service Commission – Withdrawal of Letter of Appointment of Acting Clerk of National Assembly – signed by Chief of Staff to Saraki, Sen. Isa Galaudu, noted that the Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, Ben Efeturi, ought to be considered first for the position before any other candidate.
Sani-Omolori was named the acting Clerk to the National Assembly on Wednesday in a letter by the Executive Chairman of the Service Commission. He was until his appointment the Clerk of the House of Representatives.
But in the letter to the Chairman of the Commission, dated April 21, 2016, Saraki stated that procedure was breached in the appointment of Sani-omolori.
He writes: “We present to you the compliments of the President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON.
“Please recall that during your last meeting with the Senate President on April 20, 2016, the procedure of the appointment of the Acting Clerk of the National Assembly was discussed.
“The Commission was directed to follow due process and ensure that seniority is adhered to.
“Of course, Mr Benedict Efeturi who is Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly (DCNA) and who has previously acted as the Clerk of the National Assembly should be the first to be considered.
“The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives were informed that Mr. Efeturi was not considered for the appointment because he was not duly appointed as Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly.
“On further enquiry, we found he was duly appointed by the National Assembly Service Commission vide Extract from Minutes of its 403rd Meeting held on Friday, 21st November, 2014.
“From the foregoing, you have misled and misinformed the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
“Consequently, I am directed by His Excellency, the Senate President, to inform you that the letter appointing Mr Sani Omolori as Acting Clerk of the National Assembly, be withdrawn immediately for further consultations.
“Please accept the assurances of my warmest regards.”