The Chairman, Senate Committee
on Ethics and Public Petitions,
Senator Samuel Anyanwu, who
spoke with a Punch
correspondent on Friday in Abuja
said that the committee would
send petitions to protest against
President Muhammadu Buhari’s
ministerial nominees on Tuesday
once the list is presented to
them.

He said as of Friday, no member
of the public had formally
submitted any petition against
any of the ministerial nominees.

Sen Anyanwu said
“We have not been receiving
petitions from members of the
public obviously because the list
of ministerial nominees has not
been officially unveiled by the
senate president.

“I think the petitions will start
coming in as from next Tuesday
after Nigerians would have
known the nominees.”

Some members of Peoples
Democratic Party-controlled
states are also preparing to
oppose the clearance of any All
Progressives Congress member
that would make the list from
their states.

Some aggrieved members of the
APC in some states were also said
to have threatened to write
petitions against any nominee
that is not confirmed by the state
chapter of the party as a
member.

It was gathered that the Rivers
State Government and the state
chapter of the party had
concluded plans to oppose a
former governor of the state,
Rotimi Amaechi, if he was
nominated.

It was learnt that the state
government might instruct
senators from the state to
oppose Amaechi’s nomination.

But when contacted, the state
government and the PDP said
they would prefer to keep mum
on the report that Amaechi’s
name was on the ministerial list.

The Media Assistant to the State
Governor, Mr. Simeon Nwakaudu,
said the state government would
take a position after the senate
must have read out the list on
Tuesday.

Nwakaudu explained that
everything about the content of
the ministerial list would be mere
speculation until it is read out by
the National Assembly.

He said: “Let the list be read first;
if the list comes out, we will
formerly take a position,”.

Similarly, the State PDP Deputy
Publicity Secretary, Mr. Samuel
Nwanosike, said the party would
be thorough in its position on
whether Amaechi’s name
appeared on the list or not, but
would have to wait until the
Senate read out the list on
Tuesday.

“When the Senate reads out the
list, we will react. We are always
thorough when we take a
position on an issue.
They said it is the Senate that will
disclose the content of the list
and that will be on Tuesday. We
are waiting for them to do that,”
Nwanosike added.

The Director of International
Women Communication, Hajia
Goroso Limota urged the senate
to reject the list if it did not
contain at least 35% of women.

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