The Senate screening of Chief Rotimi Amaechi has been postponed till Thursday, according to sources familiar with the development.
Amaechi’s failure to secure the endorsement of three serving senators from his state has left him at the mercy of a Senate exemption rule that seems to have hit a cul-de-sac on Wednesday morning after Amaechi, who had previously been mentioned as amongst those to be screened today, reportedly left the Senate premises in anger.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said postponing Amaechi’s screening had become necessary because the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges which received a petition against Mr. Amaechi’s nomination was yet to submit its report.
The Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Ethics and Privileges had on Monday suspended consideration of the petition against the ministerial nomination of the former Rivers State governor.
Also believed to have compounded Amaechi’s crisis is his indictment by a Panel of Inquiry set up by the Rivers State Government. The panel found Amaechi answerable in an alleged disappearance of about N53B from state coffers under his watch as governor.
The Senate Ethics Committee is expected to have concluded its findings and submit recommendation to the entire Senate by Thursday.