Monday, 12 October 2015

JUST IN: Amaechi, Amina Appear Before Senate C'ttee Over Petitions

Amaechi, Amina Appear Before Senate C'ttee Over Petitions...
 
Ahead of tomorrow’s screening, two ministerial nominees, Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers state) and Hajiya Amina Mohammed (Kaduna state) are before the senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions at the moment.

According to Daily Trust report, the two of them are there to respond to petitions against their nominations as minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Senate had on Thursday, October 8, asked its committee on ethics, privileges and public petition to consider all petitions against ministerial nominees before screening on Tuesday.

The Senate had received petitions against two ministerial nominees former Rivers governor, Amaechi and and Amina.

Danjuma Lar representing Kaduna South senatorial district presented a petition to the Senate against the state nominee, saying her nomination was a violation of Section 147 of the 1999 Constitution.

Although she hails from Gombe state, she is reportedly representing Kaduna, her husband’s state.

However, in her presentation to the committee, Amina said: “I am assuming that I will be representing Gombe state because I am not from Kaduna state. My father is from Gombe state and I was born in Gombe state. I was only educated in Kaduna state.”

Last week, Senator George Sekibo presented a petition to the Senate against the nomination of Amaechi. According to the petition brought against him, Amaechi is facing allegation of embezzlement of state fund when he was governor..

Last week, Ministerial nominees were asked by President Muhammadu Buhari to report to Solomon Arase, the Inspector General of Police for profiling ahead of the screening.

Amaechi’s nomination is facing stiff opposition in the Senate especially from senators from his state. He reportedly visited the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, where he pleaded for his assistance in getting a clean bill of health in the red chamber.