“For failing integrity test”, the Senate has rejected a nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari for the position of Non-Executive Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This followed presentation and consideration of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions at Thursday plenary.

Chairman of the committee, Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, said the nominee, Dr Abdu Abubakar, failed integrity test.

The senator also said Abubakar lacks honesty and failed to answer questions put to him.

Coincidentally, the rejected nominee hails from the North West geopolitical zone as President Buhari.

The Senate, however, approved the nomination of four nominees as Non-Executive Directors of the Board of the apex bank.

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They include: Professor Ummu Ahmed Jalingo (North East), Professor Justina Odinakachukwu Nnabuko (South East), Professor Mike Obadan (South South), Abdu Abubakar (North West) and Adeola Adetunji (South West).

In his contribution, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, called on the committee to take a second look at the rejected nominee, saying the petition against the nominee should be scrutinised.

Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, shared the same view.

To this end, the Senate urged the panel to carry out further legislative action on the rejected nominee and report back in one week.

When Senate President Bukola Saraki put the questions to voice votes, confirmation of the four appointees were unanimously accepted by lawmakers.

The rejected nominee was referred back to the committee for further work.

Speaking after the confirmation, Saraki urged the appointees to work with the apex bank to ensure the growth of the economy.

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