Following a week of screening, the Senate has approved 45 out of the 48 ministerial nominees presented by President Bola Tinubu. The remaining three, namely former governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai; ex-Deputy Governor of Taraba State, Senator Abubakar Danladi; and Stella Okotete from Delta State, were not confirmed due to security concerns and pending security checks, driven by petitions against their nominations.
Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, explained that these individuals were not cleared due to unresolved security reports.
In contrast, the Senate confirmed the appointments of numerous other nominees including Nyesom Wike, Dave Umahi, Festus Keyamo SAN, Lateef Fagbemi SAN, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, Simon Bako Lalong, and Dele Alake.
Furthermore, the Senate endorsed individuals like Abubakar Momoh, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Ahmed Dangiwa, Hannatu Musawa, Uche Nnaji, Betta Edu, Dorris Aniche Uzoka, Badaru Abubakar, Ekperipe Ekpo, and Nkiru Onyejeocha.
The list of confirmed ministers-designate also included Uju Kennedy Ohaneye, Bello Muhammad Goronyo, Muhammad Idris, Olawale Edun, Waheed Adebayo Adelabu, Iman Suleiman Ibrahim, Professor Ali Pate, Professor Joseph Utsev, Senator Abubakar Kyari, and Senator John Enoh.
Additionally, the Senate approved Lola Ade-John, Bosun Tijani, Isiaka Salako, Tahir Mamman, Uba Maigari Ahmadu, Mariya Mahmoud Mairiga, Adegboyega Oyetola, Ibrahim Geidam, Senator Sabi Abdullahi, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, Senator Alkali Ahmed Said, Senator Atiku Bagudu, Bello Matawalle, Yusuf Tanko Sununu, Honourable Zephaniah Jisalo, and Tunji Alausa.
As a result, the North-West and South-West regions both have nine ministers-designate, the North-Central has eight, while the South-South and North-East have seven each, and the South-East has five.
During El-Rufai’s screening, a petition was raised by Senator Sunday Karimi (APC, Kogi West) that pertained to insecurity in Southern Kaduna during El-Rufai’s tenure as governor. Senate President Akpabio declined to accept the petition and stated that the Senate would deal with petitions separately.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Yemi Adaramodu (APC, Ekiti South), revealed that out of the 48 nominees, 45 were approved, while the Senate expressed support for Bunmi Tunji-Ojo, a nominee from Ondo State, despite allegations of a forged NYSC certificate.
In conclusion, the Senate endorsed a majority of the ministerial nominees after a week of deliberation, while a few were not confirmed due to security concerns and pending checks.
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