Senate President Clears Air on Wike’s Screening

The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has outlined reasons why senators decided not to question the immediate past governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, during the ministerial nominees screening.

After Wike made his opening statement, Senate President Godswill Akpabio praised Wike’s leadership abilities and competency before asking him to take a bow.

Akpabio cited that Wike had served as minister under former President, Goodluck Jonathan, and had appeared before the Senate for screening, also his experiences as a governor for eight years, and delivering projects for Rivers state

This he noted was why Wike was not thoroughly grilled because of his records. 

“Having been nominated again for a ministerial position, there is no point asking him many questions,” Akpabio said.

The Senate president asked Wike to take a “bow and go” after reading his brief profile and following an appeal by Senator Barinada Mpigi (PDP, Rivers).

The Senate commenced the ministerial nominee screening at the upper chamber on Monday afternoon. 

As of the time of this documentation,  20 of the 28  ministerial nominees had completed their documentation for the screening at the Senate today (Monday).

Last Thursday, President Tinubu sent a list of 28 ministerial nominees to the Senate, of which the first batch of screening has begun.

Wike is the only chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the ministerial list of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration sent by Tinubu to the Senate. 

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