THE NATION——-The drama trailing the nomination and confirmation of former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, as minister continued on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Senators who had stood against the confirmation of Amaechi continued their battle to scuttle the chances of the former governor from becoming a minister.
The opposition lawmakers opposed the adoption of the votes and proceedings of October 29, the day Amaechi was confirmed by the upper chamber.
After the prayers were said on Tuesday to signal the commencement of the business of the day, the Senate went through the votes and proceedings.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki beckoned on Senator Isiaka Adeleke (APC Osun West) to move a motion for the adoption of votes and proceedings of October 29.
Adeleke complied promptly and moved that “The Senate do adopt the votes and proceedings of Thursday, October 29, 2015.”
Adeleke had hardly concluded his motion when Saraki called Senator Peter Nwaboshi, (PDP Delta North) to second the motion as moved by Adeleke.
Nwaboshi flatly declined claiming he would not be able to second the motion because he was not in the chamber when the decision on the confirmation of ministerial nominees was taken.
Nwaboshi was specifically referring to the confirmation of Amaechi when PDP Senators staged a walk out.
The chamber was getting tensed up and Saraki who sensed danger quickly beckoned on Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir (APC Sokoto East) to second the motion.
Gobir did that to pave the way for Saraki to put the question.
Saraki proceeded immediately to put the question asking those who support that the Senate adopts the votes and proceedings of October 29 to say “aye.”
All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators thundered “aye.”
When Saraki again asked those against to say “nay”, PDP Senators chorused “nay.”
The implication of the development was clear in the chamber, but Saraki quickly ruled that those who said “aye’ carried the day.