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Ministerial Nominees: Amaechi, Mohammed Appear Before Senate Ethics Committee

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The screening of the 21 ministerial nominees sent to the Senate by President Muhammadu Buhari may have begun on Monday as two of the nominees, former Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Mrs Amina Mohammed, appeared before the Senate Ethics Committee over the petitions against their appointments.

In the meantime, as the Senate formally begins the screening of ministerial nominees on Tuesday, a list containing another batch of nominees was on Monday forwarded to the upper legislative chamber.

The Ethics Committee said only two petitions were received in respect of the 21 nominees first sent to it by President Buhari.

In one petition, it was alleged that Mrs. Mohammed, an indigene of Gombe, was nominated to represent Kaduna State. But when she appeared before the Ethics Committee, she stated clearly that she is not from Kaduna State but Gombe State.

She presented a certificate of indigeneship of Gombe State to the committee.

The petitioner, however, admitted that he thought she was been nominated to represent Kaduna State.

The second petition was against Amaechi and it was in respect of his alleged indictment by the Rivers State Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Nyesom Wike.

The committee later went into a closed-doors session to take a decision on the matter.

When journalists were eventually allowed in, Amaechi confirmed to the committee that the matter of his alleged indictment was before the court following which the committee washed its hands clean of the case in line with the rule of the Senate.

The two nominees were asked to go.

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