The confirmation of the immediate past governor of Rivers state, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as a minister, will not be hindered by Senators loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when they sit tomorrow.
This was the outcome of a crucial meeting held by of the PDP senators to take a position ahead of tomorrow’s confirmation of Amaechi and 17 other ministerial nominees who had been put through the screening process.
A PDP senator, who was present at the meeting, told The Nation that Amaechi would be cleared like others because it was what they had agreed.
Okechukwu Eyinna Enelamah (Abia), Professor Anthony Anwukah (Imo), Mohammed Musa Bello (Adamawa), Adamu Adamu(Bauchi) and Aisha Bello (Sokoto) were the ministers who were screened on Wednesday, October 28.
And after their meeting at Senate Hearing Room 1, immediately after Saraki adjourned plenary, an insider informed that, “you know we have just concluded the screening of the remaining nominees. We need to meet to ask some critical questions on some of the nominees. We need to take collective decision as a caucus.
“Some of the nominees impressed, others did not. Some of them are controversial, others are not. We need to resolve and agree on our voting pattern. We are a caucus and we should be seen to vote as a block. It is normal in every political arrangement.”
While another PDP senator who pleaded anonymity, said: “Amaechi will be cleared just like other nominees. The consensus is that we should allow him to go.”
The former governor was screened after three initial postponement and the general consensus was that his screening may be made tedious by the PDP senators.
But the opposition, led by their minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, in a rather dramatic fashion, informed the house that they had decided not to ask the nominee any question.
Save for a last minute interjection by Akpabio, Amaechi would have been asked to bow down and go after a proposal for same by Senator Ali Ndume.