Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of Rivers state, was not among the first batch of ministerial nominees who were screened today, October 13, by the Senate.
The Senate failed to screen Amaechi due to the inability of the Senate committee on ethics and public petition to submit report of clearance after he appeared before them yesterday, Vanguard reports.
Amaechi and Hajiya Amina Mohammed (Kaduna state) appeared before the Senate committee to respond to petitions against their nominations as minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Senate committee dropped the consideration of the petitions it received against the nomination of Amaechi and Amina, giving them a clean bill of health to appear before the upper chamber for screening.
The Senate deferred the former governor’s screening till tomorrow.
Amaechi’s nomination is facing stiff opposition in the Senate especially from senators from his state who have presented petitions of alleged corrupt acts against him. Last week, Senator George Sekibo presented a petition to the Senate against the nomination of Amaechi. According to the petition brought against him, Amaechi is facing allegation of embezzlement of state fund when he was governor.