Monday, 19 October 2015

Ministerial Screening: PDP Senators Have Shown Maturity - APC Chieftain

Chief Sam Nkire, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has shown maturity and responsibility in the way it has handled the ongoing ministerial screen­ing.

He applauded the PDP senators for their cooperation with APC senators in ensuring most of the ministerial nominees on President Muhammadu Buhari’s list were confirmed without much hassle, Daily Sun reports.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, Nkire called on the National Assembly to ensure that the ministerial screening was done in fairness to all, not excluding Rotimi Amaechi, the former Rivers state governor.

Amaechi who is one of the 21 nominees on the first ministerial list sent by Buhari who is yet to be screened, following petitions against him.

The Senate committee on ethics and privileges headed by Sam Anyanwu is yet to submit its report on the corruption charges levelled against the former governor.

However, Nkire condemned the PDP for taking too long to mourn its defeat in the 2015 general elections.

According to him, the opposition should have moved on and gone back to the drawing board instead of blaming its failures on former president Goodluck Jonathan for not rejecting the results.

He said it was uncivilized for senior mem­bers of the PDP to keep blaming Jonathan.

Nkire stated that it was sad that the opposition was not blaming its failure on its inability to deliver on the promises it made to Nigerians but on its inability to use state appa­ratus to scuttle the process and remain in power at all costs.

He added that that any party that does not perform well could lose an election and when that happens, they should quit the stage.

The Senate ministerial screening which began last week Tuesday, will continue tomorrow, October 20. So far, 18 ministerial nominees have been confirmed as ministers.

Some Nigerians are not satisfied with the ministerial screening and the questions they asked the nominees.

The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has criticized Buhari and the Nigerian Senate for the ministerial appointment of Babatunde Fashola, a former governor of Lagos state. Debo Adeniran, the chairman of the group described the entire screening exercise as “a joke” and stressed that those who screened questionable ministerial nominees were also corrupt.