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Rotimi Amaechi and other nominees likely to be confirmed next week

Rotimi Amaechi, the controversial former governor of Rivers State, was expected to be cleared by the Senate yesterday to take up a ministerial position in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet. When Amaechi did not show up along with the other nominees, it was expected that his confirmation hearings would take place today. But Senator Dino Melaye has now revealed to newsmen …

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Kelechi Iheanacho interview

Manchester City and Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho talks about growing up in Nigeria, his father’s influence, his ambitions and how his team-mates have helped him. Follow @naijiant

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Why Ahmed Musa Ibeto was dropped from the list

President Muhammadu Buhari sent a letter this morning requesting that Ahmed Musa Ibeto be withdrawn from the ministerial list that the president had submitted. No official reason was provided for the president’s decision to drop the former Niger State deputy governor. A source in the presidency has told Naijiant.com that there was a massive protest from Ibeto’s home state against …

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How Geoffrey Onyeama became the minister from Enugu State

Geoffrey Jideofor Onyeama was included in the second ministerial nominees list read out today by Senate President Bukola Saraki because he is friends with President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff Abba Kyari. Both attended Cambridge University in the 1980s and have been close friends ever since. Most observers predicted that Osita Okechukwu, an All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart in Enugu …

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The winner of the most stupid Senate screening question

Instead of subjecting ministerial nominees to searching questions to confirm their suitability for high office, Nigerian senators turned the first session of the exercise today into a very predictable farce. Very few senators asked questions about what was of interest to Nigerian people, with the possible exceptions of some questions to Kayode Fayemi, the former governor of Ekiti State, who …

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Godswill Akpabio embarrassed by heckling in the Senate!

The Senate Minority Leader and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, who recently flew to London for treatment following a road traffic accident, was questioning Osagie Enahire during the Senate’s ministerial confirmation hearings. As Enahire is a surgeon, the assumption was that he would be appointed Minister of Health. So Akpabio said: “I was privileged to build the …

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Buhahari agrees to “soft pedal” with Saraki

President Muhammadu Buhari hosted a meeting last week with Senate President Muhammadu Buhari. The meeting was to secure the support of the Senate President in ensuring that the president’s ministerial nominees scaled through the Senate confirmation hearings scheduled for tomorrow. A source at the meeting has said that Buhahari agreed to “soft pedal” with the corruption allegations against Saraki in …

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Details of Amaechi’s deal with Wike

Ministerial nominee and former governor of Rivers State Rotimi Amaechi has agreed a deal with his successor as governor, Nyesom Wike, not to stand in the way of Amaechi’s Senate confirmation hearings. The hearings will take place tomorrow (Tuesday 12 October) and the Senate had set a criteria for the confirmation that included the nominees being supported by at least …

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Is it goodbye to Amaechi’s ministerial chances?

A judicial inquiry into the sale of state assets in Rivers State has indicted former governor Rotimi Amaechi in what the government has called “fraudulent transactions”. The state government led by governor Eze Wike has accepted the recommendations of the inquiry and has commenced proceedings to prosecute Amaechi and others involved in the sale of assets. A spokesman for the …

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