A coalition of women has kicked against the screening and confirmation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominee from Sokoto State, Ms. Aisha Abubakar, by the Senate.
Senator Ibrahim Gobir (APC Sokoto East) laid the petition against Abubakar as ministerial nominee from Sokoto State, on the floor of the Senate, yesterday.
He said the main reason why the women were against the nomination of the Sokoto representative was due to her alleged incompetence to represent them and by extension, the state, in the federal cabinet.
“The Sokoto women through this petition are demanding for Ms Aisha Abubakar ‘s replacement from the ministerial list with a more competent person from the state”, he said.
The senate, has accordingly forwarded the petition to its committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to look into its merits and report latest by Tuesday morning before the commencement of screening of the remaining 18 ministerial nominees.
On the Amaechi, the senate’s spokesman, Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West) and a member of the committee, told newsmen yesterday that the report on the petition against him would be presented on Tuesday after which Amaechi would be screened along with others slated for the day.
Melaye posited that since the position of the Committee on petitions against Amaechi is based on senate rule of not deliberating on matters already in court, the senate would adopt it and screen Amaechi.
“The committee has a one line report that the matter is in court and that in compliance with our laid down rules and regulations that any case that is undergoing judicial remedy cannot be discussed and that we have distanced ourselves from it and the report will be presented on Tuesday by the grace of God and I assure Nigerians that former Governor Rotimi Amaechi by the grace of God, will be screened on Tuesday”, he said.
Melaye added that further screening and confirmation of the remaining ministerial nominees have also been slated for Tuesday next week.
“We are going to screen nine of them on Tuesday and the remaining nine would be taken on Wednesday. ”The confirmation of all the nominees would be taken on Wednesday,” he explained.
Senate had on Tuesday this week listed Amaechi along with nine other nominees, now confirmed as ministers, on his order paper for screening but stood down Ameachi’s screening that day, for the next day, Wednesday.
The former Rivers State governor’s screening also did not hold, due to failure of its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to present report on its findings on petitions written against Amaechi by the Integrity Group from the state.

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