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Amaechi, Onu, others not among 7-ministerial nominees sent to Senate by Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sent a list of seven persons to the Senate for screening and confirmation as Ministers of the federal republic.

According to a letter from the president, read by the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on the floor of the Senate in Abuja on Tuesday, the nominees are expected to replace the former ministers that resigned from his cabinet following their participation in the primaries of their party.

The letter read in part, “In accordance with Section 8 Subsection 2 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I hereby forward the under-listed ministerial nominees for your confirmation.

“The nominees are: Henry Ikechukwu Ikoh, from Abia State, Umana Okon Umana, Akwa Ibom, State, Egwumakama Joseph Nkama, Ebonyi State, Goodluck Nnana Opiah, Imo State, Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub, Kano State, Ademola Adewole Adegoroye, Ondo State and Odum Odih from Rivers State.”
The names of Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonnaya Onu, Godswill Akpabio and Emeka Nwajiuba who all resigned to pursue presidential bids are not included in the list submitted by the president to the senate, contrary to initial speculation.

The ministers resigned in accordance with the provisions of section 84(12) of the electoral act.

The Attorney-General of the federation (AGF) and Minters of Justice, Abubakar Malami; and Women Affairs Minister; Pauline Tallen who both had governorship and senatorial ambitions respectively, later withdrew their resignations.

Uche Ogah resigned as minister of state for mines and steel development to pursue Abia governorship.

The upper legislative chamber will screen the nominees in the “committee of the whole” on a date yet to be announced.

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