Senate postpones ministerial screening of Obanikoro

The Senate in Nigeria at Wednesday’s Plenary, has set aside the screening of Senator Obanikoro and four other ministerial nominees till Tuesday March 10.

President Jonathan’s nomination of Senator Obanikoro for a Ministerial appointment, had angered some opposition lawmakers in the Senate who vowed to oppose his confirmation as a Minister.

It was not, however, clear if the postponement had anything to do with their resolve to oppose the confirmation.

Before the screening commenced on Wednesday, lawmakers were said to have gone for an indoor meeting for about two hours.

A source, who requested that he should not be named, told Channels Television that the issue discussed in the private meeting was the confirmation of one of the nominees, Senator Obanikoro.

Some lawmakers have kicked against the nomination of Senator Obanikoro for Ministerial appointment.

The source told Channels Television that APC lawmakers were reluctant to shift ground in confirming Senator Obanikoro as minister.

The APC caucus in the Senate had told journalists last week that they would reject the confirmation of Senator Obanikoro as Minister.

However, a PDP lawmaker, who demanded not to be mentioned also, said the APC had no cogent reason for refusing to confirm Senator Obanikoro, as he did not commit any crime neither has he been convicted by any court.

Four Ministerial nominees were , however, screened by the Senate.

Senator Patricia Akwashiki from Nasarawa State, Professor Nicholas Ada from benue, Rtd Colonel Augustine Akobundu from Abia State and Mr Fidelis Nwankwo from Ebonyi State were those screened.

The Senate postponed the screening of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro from Lagos, Mrs Hauwa’U Lawan from Jigawa, Mr Kenneth Kobani from Rivers and Senator Joel Ikenya from Taraba State.

Their screening is expected to hold on Tuesday March 10.

Credit: Channels