The Senate has rejected a list non-career ambassadorial nominees sent to it by President Buhari. This is as a result of the numerous petitions against the nominees.
The lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday adopted a resolution that to return the list to the presidency to make necessary adjustments.
Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, raised a motion for the return of the list. He complained of the petitions that has trailed the nominations. His motion to return the list was seconded by Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio of Peoples Democratic Party.
The president had submitted a list to the Senate in October to confirm the nominations of 46 persons for ambassadorial positions. This generated a huge controversy as Governors, claimed they were not consulted. Also, two of the nominees, Pauline Tallen and Usman Bugaje rejected their nominations.
Senate Confirms 47 Career Nominees
Meanwhile, the Senate confirmed the nomination of 47 career ambassadorial nominees, five months after it received the list.
The President had forwarded a list of the career diplomats in June. The list also generated its own share of controversies as various mistakes were highlighted. In the list, deputy directors were appointed over directors in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also some states like Bayelsa were not considered in the list.
There was also controversy over the screening of the diplomats in July as two of them, Vivian Okeke and Ibrahim Isah – failed to recite the country’s anthem and pledge. This sparked a lot of questions over their competence and patritoism.
But the Senate confirmed all 47 nominees nonetheless on Tuesday.