Southern Kaduna: Saraki Acknowledges Receipt of Petition, Seeks Accelerated Consideration

Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Nigeria’s Senate President, today, Thursday 8th October, 2015 acknowledged the receipt of the three-page petition submitted by Senator Danjuma La’ah (Kaduna South) on behalf of the group known as the “Southern Kaduna Coalition,” against the nomination of Amina Mohammed.

The Senate President thereafter mandated Senator Samuel Anyanwu, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges to ensure speedy consideration of all petitions submitted to the Senate against ministerial nominees before the October 13 scheduled date for the screening and confirmation of the nominees.

Senator Danjuma La’ah (Kaduna South) yesterday 7th October, 2015 submitted the Southern Kaduna Coalition petition against the ministerial nominee titled: “Petition against the submission of Amina Ibrahim Mohammed as ministerial nominee for Kaduna State.”

According to the petitioners, the Southern Kaduna Coalition is an amalgamation of all the pressure and public interest groups of Southern Kaduna extraction with the objectives, among others, of pursuing the socio-political interests of Southern Kaduna indigenes in the country and in the Diaspora.

The petition reads in part, “In the discharge of his constitutional duty to appoint Ministers to form the Federal Executive Council, President Muhammadu Buhari had, on Wednesday, the 30th of September, 2015, submitted the list of the ministerial nominees to the Nigerian Senate vide your good office for screening and, possibly, clearance.

“At the plenary session of the Senate on Tuesday, the 6th of October, 2015, the list of the ministerial nominees was made known to the public.

“To our consternation, the ministerial nominee for Kaduna State was one, Amina Ibrahim Mohammed, who we have credible evidence to believe that she is an indigene of Gombe State and not Kaduna State as constitutionally required.”

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