Presidency breaks silence in Amaechi ministerial screening

By Cynthia Ferdinand October 26, 2015 16:38

Presidency breaks silence in Amaechi ministerial screening

The Presidency has finally broken its silence over the screening of Rotimi Amaechi on Monday, October 26, stating the Senate was within its rights to have screened the contoversial nominee without first considering the reports on the petition against him.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters Ita Enang disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja and affirmed that it was constitutionally right for the Senate to have screened the controversial nominee.

    “They are within their constitutional right to regulate their own proceedings. The constitution authorizes 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 is domestic to the Senate and I am not in a position to speak about it but they are within their constitutional right.

    “What they do is domestic to it, internal to it and it is within their powers so I am not in a position to speak one way or the other about it,” Enang said.

Senate Minority Leader Godswill Akpabio on behalf of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Caucus had stated that the Senate breached its laws by not debating the content of the report submitted over corruption petitions leveled against Amaechi, before summoning him for screening.

He stated that members of the PDP would not participate in his screening.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, Senators however went on with the screening with the PDP Senators not posing any questions to the nominee.

Enang also applauded the Senate and its leadership for the full-fledged way it conducted itself in the screening of ministerial nominees so far to the disappointments of many Nigerians who expected resentments and fisticuffs amongst the Senators.

    “Let me express our very sincere appreciation to his Excellency the President of the Senate, the Deputy President of the Senate, the APC and PDP leadership for the painstaking process of screening the nominees.

    “They have shown the candor and the real characteristic nature of matured senate.

    “I want to thank them in words that I cannot describe, we are very grateful to them and we are confident that the few that are remaining will be concluded in no distant future.

    “Nigerians thought that the process will be very tumultuous and rancorous but the senators in the course of their questions showed their intellect and their appreciation of national issues,” he added.

PDP Senator Mao Ohuabunwa in an interview on AIT’s “Focus Nigeria” described the screening as a“procedural error” adding that the report must be debated on the floor of the Senate before the nominee will be confirmed.