ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, ABUJA
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the senate acted within its constitutional right with its decision to screen former Governor Rotimi Amaechi, last week Tuesday despite the fact that, the report of a petition against him had yet to be considered.
The Senate had on Thursday screened the Hon. Ameachi amidst protest from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senator saying that the Report of Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition on Ameachi must be discussed before the screening.
Addressing journalists, Special Assistant to President on National Assembly Matters(Senate) Senator Ita Enag applauded the lawmakers on the through screening of Ministerial nominee.
Enag said,”They are within their constitutional right to regulate their own proceedings. The constitution authorises the senate and the House of Representatives and every legislative House to regulate its own proceedings including managing matters that are brought before them, therefore what the senate did is domestic to the Senate and I am not in a position to speak about it but they are within their constitutional right.
“What they do is domestic to it, internal to it and it is within their powers so I am not in apposition to speak one way or the other about it.
Senate had already confirmed 18 ministerial nominees out of 36 ministerial nominees forwarded to Senate, screened seven nominees remaining eleven yet to be screened by Senate.
Among those confirmed by the Senate were Babatunde Fashola, Kayode Fayemi, Chris Ngige, APC National publicity secretary Lai Mohammed, Senator Udo Udoma Udo, Abubakar Salami SAN, Ogbonna Onu.
Others were Aisha Alhassan, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, Kemi Adeosun, Solomon Dalong, Audu Ogbeh, Amina Ibrahim, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Suleiman Adamu, Ibrahim Usman Jubril.