Petitions Can’t Stop Amaechi’s Screening And Confirmation


The Senate has said petitions against the former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, would not stop his screening and confirmation for ministerial position. The Senate spokesperson, Dino Melaye, said this on Thursday.

The Senate on Wednesday deferred the screening of Mr. Amaechi to Thursday, following the inability of its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to submit report on the petition against the nominee.

A petition by the Peoples Democratic Party, senators from Rivers State had stalled his screening, earlier scheduled for Wednesday.
Mr. Melaye however said the Senate would not consider the petition since its subject is a matter before a court.

According to him, the Senate had a standing rule that matter before a court should not be examined.
“So Amaechi has got no problem,” he said.

Mr. Amaechi had appeared before the Senate ad hoc Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions on Monday.

Mr. Melaye also explained why the Senate postponed the ministerial screening to next week, saying some of the nominees were yet to submit their resumè and other documents required of them.