Presidency yesterday defended the Senate’s decision over the findings of petition against a ministerial nominee and former Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, when he appeared for screening last Thursday in Abuja.
Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang said the upper legislative chamber acted within the constitutional provision to have screened Amaechi despite protest by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, senators over non-consideration of findings of petition against him.
Enang expressed happiness that the former governor was eventually screened by the Senate, after three postponements due to petition written against his nomination by a Port Harcourt-based organisation known as the Integrity Group, over alleged N70billion fraud while he was in office.
The report of the petition, which was not considered by the Senate, angered the opposition PDP senators who decided to boycott Amaechi’s screening exercise on the floor of the upper chamber last week Thursday.
But Enang, while briefing Senate correspondents over the screening, maintained that there was nothing wrong in the Senate’s screening process on Amaechi.
He noted that the constitution allows the legislative arm of government to regulate its own proceedings at any given time and in whatever circumstances.
“They (senators) are within their constitutional rights to regulate their own proceedings. The Constitution authorises the Senate and the House of Representatives, and every legislative house to regulate its own proceedings, including managing matters that are brought before them.
“Therefore, what the Senate did on Amaechi’s screening last week is domestic to the Senate; and I am not in a position to speak about it; but they are within their constitutional rights. What they do is domestic to them and internal to them and it is within their powers. So, I am not in a position to speak in one way or the other about it.”
It would be recalled that there was a rowdy session in the Senate last Thursday, as the PDP senators unanimously boycotted the screening of Amaechi.

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