The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, on Thursday protested against the “endorsement” of Ministerial nominees on a day the Senate screened 14 more would-be members of the Federal Executive Council.
The Eagle Online observed that no fewer than six nominees were told to take a “bow and go” by the Senators.
The nominees who were beneficiaries of the “bow and go” treatment were Senator Chris Ngige; Senator Tayo Alasoadura; Deputy National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Rammatu Aliyu; former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva; Sadiya Farouk; Mohammed Bello; and former Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed.
During the screening of Ambassador Dada Olisa, Senator Mohammed Sani, representative of Niger East Senatorial District, had appealed to his colleagues that he should take a bow and go.
Sani said: “I believe if we give him the support, he is going over there, he will be able to support us as much as he can.”
Also, the Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, noted that this is the third time the nominee will be coming before the Senate for screening.
Abdullahi also wanted him to take a bow and leave.
But Senator Stella Oduah from Anambra State disagreed, asking the nominee to answer two questions.
Protesting against the “bow and go” policy, the Senate Minority Leader said the Constitution empowers the Senate to screen ministerial nominees not “endorse” them.
Abaribe, who came under point of order, said the Constitution made it clear on what to do about ministerial nominees, but the hearing so far since Wednesday amounted to just “endorsement” of the nominees.
Abaribe said: “This is a confirmation hearing and not an endorsement hearing.”
The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, noted and sustained his point of order.
Senators Bima Enagi and Abba Moro, however, disagreed with Abaribe and Oduah.