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The former governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi who is among the ministerial nominees, yesterday got an easy pass during the Senate screening.
The Senate resumed screening the remaining 12 ministerial nominees with no assigned portfolios at about 1:00 pm at the plenary.
However, during the screening, the traditional and widely condemned practice of automatic ‘take a bow and go’ was used for some nominees, especially former lawmakers.
David Umahi is set to resign from the Senate and as deputy majority leader after accepting his nomination by President Bola Tinubu as a minister from Ebonyi.
The Eastern Updates recalls that Umahi, had last week asserted President Bola Tinubu was solely responsible for his nomination as a minister from his state.
Umahi promised to work diligently to justify the trust placed in him. He also stated that he had no prior knowledge of the ministry he would be overseeing.
The former governor said he owed profound appreciation to President Tinubu for ‘fulfiling his promise during the trying period’.
According to Umahi: ‘My governor (Nwifuru) should be happy because he wished for it.
‘I will work with the president to ensure that all promises he made are kept.
‘I cannot determine the particular ministry to head but I will justify the Ebonyi character of resourcefulness and exceptionality.’
The Eastern Updates reports President Bola Tinubu had on Thursday sent the long-awaited ministerial list to the Senate with some expected and surprise names making the cut.
The Senate President Godswill Akpabio read the names on the floor of the Senate during plenary on Thursday.
Some immediate past governors including Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and David Umahi of Ebonyi State made the cut.