The Nigerian Senate


Senators in the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly are poised for a showdown this morning as the Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission pushes for the confirmation of Prof. Sani Adams, whose nomination was stepped down on Tuesday.

Adams and a presidential aide, Lauretta Onochie, were not cleared by the Senate on Tuesday.

While Onochie was rejected based on issues bordering on federal character, Adams’ confirmation was stepped down because of petitions of alleged harassment against him while he was a lecturer at the University of Jos.

The Senate recommended that the professor’s nomination be dropped because the matter is still pending before the Supreme Court.

However, investigations by our correspondent revealed that the INEC panel Chairman, Senator Kabiru Gaya, suddenly summoned a meeting last night (Wednesday), with a sole agenda of clearing Adams.

The development according to the investigation is causing disharmony among the senators who have vowed to resist such a move.

A member of the panel, who spoke with The PUNCH, said he got the invitation at about 9 pm on Wednesday for the meeting scheduled for 8 am today.

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