Wike confirmed minster as Senate begins screening of nominees

The Nigerian Senate began screening President Bola Tinubu ministerial nominees on Monday.

The process commenced after deputy majority leader of the red chamber, Dave Umahi, moved a motion to that effect.

About 16 of them are penciled down for screening today out of the 28 nominated by Mr Tinubu last week.

Immediate-past governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, though from the opposing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was at the national assembly for the exercise.

He is alleged to have been nominated as a compensation for ensuring his own party lost the February presidential election to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state due to squabbles between him and Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the opposing PDP.

As at press time, Mr Wike who mounted the podium to be screened after his nominee-colleague, Abubakar Momoh, from Edo state, was asked to bow and go for being a two-time lawmaker at the House of Representatives, has been confirmed a minister.