Senate Again, Rejects Buhari’s Ambassadorial List

By Ikenga Chronicles November 15, 2016

The Senate, on Tuesday, November 15 out-rightly rejected ‎the 46 political ambassadorial nominees list sent to it about a fortnight ago by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Senate committee on Foreign Affairs had recommended that the names be sent back to President Buhari. The committee said the list could not be considered because of the series of petitions received.

The Ambassadorial list had been a major point of contention by the state governors who lamented that they were not carried along in the selection process of those who made the list.

They had voiced their complaints to the President, and followed it up with a letter, complaining that those sent by President Buhari to compile the list did not consult them before picking a name to represent the state in that list.

The National Assembly leadership had held a number of meetings with the president over the list and other issues of mutual interest, with the Presidency mandating vice President Yemi Osinbajo to continue the negotiations as the president is currently on a trip to Morocco.

The governors, with the National Assembly leadership in attendance met with Osinbajo only on Monday, for the Senate to now return the list to the presidency the next day, since Buhari had vowed that the issue will be
revisited.

The names were submitted to the Senate in July, but were greeted with criticisms and outcry from Senators who protested the exclusion of their states from the list.

When the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, moved a motion whether or not the names be considered, Senators rejected them. The list has been sent back to the President.

The 46 names rejected are those of political ambassadorial nominees.

Meanwhile, the Senate has approved ‎47 of ambassadorial nominees. Those approved are non-career ambassadorial nominees.

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