There was uproar in the Senate on Thursday over alleged lopsided appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Proceedings were held up for over 30 minutes as senators mostly of the South East extraction, took to the floor to convince their colleagues that “a grave injustice had been done to the zone in the spread and headship of federal agencies and parastatals.”
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, spearheaded the protest when he drew attention to “unacceptable nominations for leadership of some federal agencies.”
Ekweremadu was particularly angry when Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read a communication by President Buhari on the nomination for appointment of Chairman and members of the Governing Board of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
The nominees include a former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor, Mr. Tunde Lemo, who was listed as Chairman of the Board.
Other nominees were – Engr. Nurudeen Abdulrahman Rafindadi (Managing Director), Buba Silas Abdullahi, Babangana, Mohammed Aji, Engr. Shehu Usman Abdullahi, Loratta Ngozichukwu Aniagolu, Mujaidu Stanley Dako and Vincent Oladapo Kolawale.
Ekweremadu said the Senate should not continue to allow skewed appointments to escape its scrutiny and sanction.