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PDP senators may reject 21-nominee list
Also another PDP senator, who confided in Saturday PUNCH, said the screening was discussed at the party senate caucus meeting on Thursday night.
He said that his colleagues also resolved to reject presentation of the list of minister nominees in batches.
They also threatened to stage a protest on the floor of the senate next week during the screening process unless President Muhammadu Buhari sends the full complements of the ministerial list by Tuesday.
They subsequently sent the Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to meet with the senate president and convey their message to him for onward transmission to Buhari.
Screening will be rigorous, Senate spokesman insists
The spokesperson for the senate and APC member, Dino Melaye said except for the slight modification of the procedure for former members of the National Assembly, other nominees would face rigorous screening.
He said, “We maintain that the screening exercise will be rigorous, will be expeditious, and it will be thorough.”
Melaye added that all the petitions received would be looked into, and that their veracity would guide proceedings during the screening exercise.
Also speaking with our correspondent, the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District on the platform of the APC, Shehu Sani said, “We will not lower our standards, we will follow the constitution and the rules of the Senate in the discharge of our responsibility. No one will be cleared based on sentiments. We won’t disappoint Nigerians.”