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Keyamo’s nomination as minister in deep controversy as Senate raises unresolved constitution matter

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The Senate is moving towards rejecting the nomination of Festus Keyamo as Tinubu’s minister after objections were raised against his nomination during Monday’s plenary.

Following the controversy that greeted his nomination, the chamber dissolved into executive session.

Senate leader, Senator Bamidele Opeyemi moved the motion for the executive session.

After Keyamo addressed the Senate on his profile, Senator Darlington Nwokocha (Labour Party) representing Abia Central Senatorial District raised a point of order.

He reminded his colleagues about some infractions by the Ministerial nominee against the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, when he was the Minister of State for Employment, Labour and Productivity.

He recalled that the nominee blocked the Reps Committee from carrying out its oversight function on the sum of N52 billion released to his Ministry.

Having explained this, he moved that the screening of Keyamo be stepped down in line with parliamentary rules.

The motion was seconded by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

Consequently, the Senate President adopted a motion that the Chamber goes into executive session and directed that the nominee should escorted out of the chamber. The Sergent-At-Arms was given that responsibility.

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