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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Saraki says Senate to go ahead with confirmation of Buhari’s ministerial nominees

Saraki says Senate to go ahead with confirmation of Buhari’s ministerial nominees

- Saraki says that the Senate suspended action on some of President Buhari's nominees does not mean there is conflict between the legislature and the executive 
- He said the relationship between the two arms of government remains cordial and there is no fight whatsoever between them 

- Saraki also confirmed that the upper house of legislature would go ahead with the screening and confirmation of President Buhari's ministerial nominees

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said screening and confirmation of the two ministerial nominees whose names were sent to the upper house of legislature by President Muhammadu Buhari last week would go ahead.

saraki said Senate’s rejection of some presidential nominations and the suspension of screening and confirmation of the Residential Electoral Commissioner nominees for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not automatically mean conflict between the two arms of government. 
ThisDay reports that the former Kwara state governor insisted that the relationship between the two arms was cordial. He said: “It is cordial. You cannot examine the relationship based on the NDDC matter, based on the EFCC matter. We have other issues. We have the confirmation of ministerial nominees that we are going to be working on.

“We have the budget that is more important. We have INEC, PIB matters. We have so many important things and I think it is a mixture of all that, that should guide us. Don’t let us overheat some of these things. “As I said, this is a routine meeting. There are many things that are important but there are other things that are even more important to do such as the budget.
“So that was something he was really excited about. Some of the new amendments like electronic voting, the electronic process for collation of results, those are landmark achievements that we hope that very soon, the House will concur with and we will all come here for the president to assent.''

Meanwhile, we gathered that the Senate caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, one of the national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), of working in cahoots with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to destroy the Senate by impugning the integrity of members of the upper chamber of the National Assembly. The PDP Senate caucus, which has indicated its readiness for a showdown with Tinubu, also alleged that the former governor of Lagos state was behind the series of media attacks against members of the caucus.

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