Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that his office and indeed the Senate have no hands in media reports on list of ministerial nominees reported by some media houses yesterday (Nigerian Pilot not included) and urged the public to disregard such reported list as the sealed envelope containing the list sent from the president would, and can only be opened during the plenary of the Senate.
The ministerial list was delivered on Wednesday by the President’s Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Kyari and Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Legislative Matters (Senate) about 4.30 pm.
When it reconvened Wednesday, expectations were high that in fulfilment of his promise to Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari would have transmitted his intended cabinet list to the Senate for screening and confirmation so as to beat the September 30 deadline he had set for himself.
However, the list did not get to the Senate President until hours after the close of plenary, Wednesday. Saraki later confirmed the submission of the list in a twitter message he sent out Wednesday evening.
His media and publicity adviser, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in a statement yesterday buttressed the position, adding that: “the list was submitted in a sealed envelope by Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari and Senator Ita Enang, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Legislative Matters (Senate).
“Dr. Saraki has, following the tradition of the Senate, decided that the envelope will remain sealed till Tuesday October 6, when during the plenary sitting of the Upper legislative chamber, it will be opened and the list read to Senators.”


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