Politics and intrigues that characterised the screening and confirmation of a former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, rejuvenated in the Senate chambers yesterday as the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers refused to endorse the votes and proceedings of the Senate for last Thursday, when the last set of 18 ministerial nominees were confirmed.
Senator Isiaka Adeleke (APC Osun West) had moved a motion for adoption of the Senate’s votes and proceedings of last Thursday, having been recognised by the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, while Senator Peter Nwaboshi (PDP Delta North), who was called upon to second it, rejected the request.
Nwaboshi in rejecting the request said: “Mr. President, I am sorry I will not be able to second this motion because I was not there.”
It would be recalled that Nwaboshi and other PDP senators walked out of the Senate session last Thursday when the confirmation of Amaechi’s ministerial nomination was to be done.
But the Senate president in wanting the motion seconded, called another senator, Ibrahim Gobir (APC Sokoto East), to second a motion earlier moved by an APC senator, a very strange practice in the Senate.
Even at the point of putting it to voice vote, rivalry between APC and PDP senators still reverberated as both parties shouted thunderous ‘ayes’ and ‘nays’ to it, but Saraki ruled in favour of the ayes.
Apparently to make an appraisal on their moves so far in stopping Amaechi’s screening and confirmation as minister, PDP senators met immediately after the session for about one and a half hours.
Though none of them was ready to brief the press on what transpired, but sources said they were satisfied with the actions taken so far against Amaechi’s nomination, screening and confirmation as minister.
The Senate president wouldn’t have been able to transmit the letter containing the confirmation of Amaechi and 17 others as ministers to President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, if the votes and proceedings of the Senate’s session last Thursday was not adopted.
Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang, had last weekend while reacting to the alleged delay in assigning portfolios to the ministers, said the president had not received communication from the Senate on the confirmation of the last 18 ministerial nominees.

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