President Muhammadu Buhari may need to start preparing for battle from all fronts.

Barely two days after former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote a blistering open letter to him, advising that he should shelve his 2019 presidential ambition, the Senate has reminded him of the embargo on his appointees.

Saraki had read a letter from the President seeking the Senate’s approval for the 2017 budget estimates of the Niger Delta Development Commission.

After the letter was read, a lawmaker representing Imo North Senatorial District, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, however, raised a point of order to remind the lawmakers that three states had no representation on the board of the NDDC, which he blamed on the suspension of confirmation of nominees.

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Ohuabunwa pointed out that the NDDC Act clearly stated the composition of the board to include representatives from Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers states, with three persons to represent non-oil producing states provided that such membership was drawn from the same geo-political zone which are not represented in the commission.

He said other members included one representative of the oil-producing firms in the Niger Delta nominated by the oil-producing companies, one person to represent the Ministry of Finance, one person to represent the Ministry of Environment, the Managing Director of the commission and two executive directors.

Responding to his observations, Saraki stated that the NDDC board appointments could only be confirmed if the screening process started before the resolution by the Senate.


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