– President Muhammadu Buhari has caved in to pressure from the Senate and governors in his party
– The president has withdrawn the list of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees
– Most of the governors under the All Progressives Congress (APC) kicked against the nomination
A report by the New Telegraph has detailed how President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly caved into pressure from APC governors to withdraw the list of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees.
President Buhari has realised that the APC governors are a force to reckon with politically
The report also stated that the nomination was also frustrated at the Senate even before screening and confirmation commenced.
APC leaders had kicked against the nomination, while the governors wrote and visited the president to express their displeasure over the president’s move.
A source quoted in the report, said President Buhari had agreed to withdraw the list because the Senate had made it clear to him that his list was not acceptable to them.
The source also said that the Senate rejected the ambassadorial list because its composition ran foul of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
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The selection process used by the president was reportedly in flagrant disregard to the federal character principle, which provides that every state of the federation must be equitably represented in such critical appointments.
According to the source, the Senate found out that the president neither involved state governors nor other political stakeholders to make input in the selection of the nominees, as has been the practice in a democratic government.
The source said: “The president has agreed to withdraw the list in order to work on it and make it acceptable because we have made it clear to him that there is nothing to be done for the Senate to accept that kind of skewed list.
“At least this is non career list, so the issue of some states not having qualified candidates does not arise.
“Unfortunately, the list he submitted to us is in total contradiction of the nation’s constitution, particularly as it affects the provisions of federal character.
“When you look at the list, you will find out that some states were completely left out while some got two to three slots. What kind of thing is that? We cannot take it and we have told him point blank that it will be more dignifying for him to withdraw it and correct all the anomalies spotted in the list.
“We cannot run this democracy like military dictatorship, neither are we going to allow any civilian, duly elected by the people of Nigeria to operate an authoritarian regime under the watch of the people’s parliament. “People may misunderstand us.
“They may even accuse us of antagonising the president without a cause, but we won’t allow sentiments to detract us from doing what is right. It is we, the lawmakers, that history and posterity will hold responsible for our actions or inaction,” the source stated.
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President Buhari had on Thursday, October 20, forwarded the list of 46 non-career ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for screening and confirmation for appointment as ambassadors.
Among those nominated was Prince Abimbola Adegboyega Ogunwusi, the elder brother of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.