Ministerial Screening: Gbemisola Saraki, Akume, 5 others become ‘automatic minister’s 

All former members of the National Assembly have been given a pass to become ministers in the NextLevel cabinet of the President Muhammadu Buhari.

During the ministerial screening on the floor of the Senate Wednesday, July 23, 2019 Senate President Ahmed Lawan told his colleagues that all former federal lawmakers on the nominated list would not be questioned but allowed to “take a bow”.

“Take a bow” is a privilege accorded former lawmaker and has become a tradition. It wasn’t the first time such would take place in the floor of the Upper Legislative Chamber.

The privilege means that the seven former lawmakers have become automatic ministers.

The former lawmakers include Gbemisola Saraki from Kwara State, Godswill Akpabio from Akwa Ibom, Hadi Sirika from Katsina, George Akume from Benue, Olorunnimbe Mamora from Lagos, Tayo Alasoadura Ondo, and Chris Ngige from Anambra.

A Senator from Akwa Ibom State Albert Bassey attempted to make a comment on the nomination of Akpabio but his moves were rejected by Senator Lawan.

 

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