saraSenate President, Bukola
Saraki, says that the upper
chamber of the National
Assembly will not bend the rules
to accommodate any ministerial
nominees irrespective of
pedigree, but assured that there
will be a level playing field for
Nigerian Pilot Sunday
recalls that the Senate had on
Wednesday released list of
stringent rules, which will guide
the senators in the screening
exercise, stressing that it will
be based on competence rather
than political or whatever bias.
The Senate President, who
led Senate delegation to Ikenne
Remo, home of the Awolowos
in Ogun State yesterday, to
commiserate with the family
on the death of its matriarch,
Chief Hannah Idowu Dideolu
Awolowo, also assured that
personal differences would not
be allowed to interfere in the
He explained that the
screening would be covered live
by media houses in order for
Nigerians to also be part of the
exercise and form their opinions
of the nominees.
“We have said that for 8th
Senate, it is not going to be
business as usual. What I can
assure you is that we will
go with the constitution, the
rules. We will put Nigeria first,
screening will be done with level
of seriousness and what we are
all about is our constitutional
responsibility to ensure that we
find people who are fit enough
to be ministers and particularly
this time, to give President
Buhari the support he requires.
“It is not about who you like
or who you don’t like, but it will
be based on the constitution,
nominee’s ability and our own
assessment of capacity of the
nominees to perform,” he said.
Meanwhile, former President
of the Senate, Adolphus Wabara,
has thrown his weight behind
the Senate on the stringent
conditions for screening.
Wabara, who was also at
the Ikenne home of Awolowo
shortly before the Senate
delegation, maintained that the
rule has been in place since 1999.
“That has always been there
since 1999, there are three
Senators per state and two of
them must be in agreement but
politics being what it is, it is like
a rule more or less in the Senate
but you find out that politics
could come in and those things
could be thrown overboard,” he
Members of the delegation
included Senat Sheu Sani from
Kaduna state, Gbolahan Dada
and Prince Lanre Tejuoso, all
of Ogun Central, Monsurat
Sumonu from Oyo and Abiodun
Olujimi from Ekiti State.

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