The Senate has condemned reports that it has dropped a nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari to the board of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, after confirming his nomination.
The Senate said this in a statement by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Aliyu Abdullahi, on Monday.
According to the statement, Obono-Obla was not initially confirmed by the Senate as was being reported.
The Senate called on “those who are peddling these half-truths to avail themselves of the proceedings of the Senate on the above stated dates to confirm if the nominee was rightly cleared by the Senate or not”.
The statement read in part, “For the avoidance of doubt, the nomination of Mr. Obla was never confirmed or voted for since no decision of the Senate is said to be approved if not adopted during the consideration of the Votes and Proceedings of the Senate at the next legislative day.
“The Senate also wishes to note that the business of the Senate can only be binding when the votes and proceedings have been adopted and approved without any objection.
“The implication of the directive by the Senate President to the Secretariat is that Senator Garbai’s observation or correction was correct and therefore the votes and proceedings should be amended to reflect the true situation.”
The Senate explained that Sen. Baba Garbai had objected to the alleged confirmation of the nominee, insisting that he was never confirmed.
It said, “On that fateful day, “November 22, 2016, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Baba Kaka Garbai, objected to the alleged confirmation of the nominee, saying, “My name is Senator Baba Kaka Bashir Garbai representing Borno Central Senatorial District.
“Mr. President, what is actually reported in the votes and proceedings is not a true reflection of what transpired on Thursday with regards to the confirmation of one of the commissioners under NCC, Chief Okoi Ofem Obono-Obla. The decision then was a resounding Nay. So, because of that, it was a mistake.”
Consequently, the Senate President was said to have directed that the true situation should be reflected by saying, “secretariat take note”.
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