* El-Rufai loses out again
President Bola Tinubu has written to the Senate seeking its confirmation of three more ministerial nominees.
Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, read a letter from President Tinubu requesting the confirmation of the nominees when the lawmakers resumed plenary session on Tuesday.
The nominees are Balarabe Abbas Lawal from Kaduna State, Dr Jamila Bio Ibrahim from Kwara State, and Mr. Ayodele Olawande from Ondo State.
The Senate in August 2023 screened and confirmed 45 ministerial nominees and rejected three. Notable among those not confirmed include the former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.
The two other nominees rejected were Stella Okotete from Delta State and Abubakar Danladi from Taraba State.
A lawmaker had raised concern over a “serious petition” against El-Rufai during the screening process.
Senator Sunday Karimi from Kogi West had drawn the attention of the lawmakers to the petitions against El-Rufia.
“Your performance in any office you find yourself in the country has been outstanding. In the Bureau of Public Enterprises, your record is there, in FCT as a minister, your record is there, and as two-time governor of Kaduna state, you did well,” he said after El-Rufai’s presentation.
“But, I have a very strong petition against you that borders on security, unity, and cohesiveness of the Nigerian nation,” the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmaker added. “And I think that the petition has to be considered in this screening exercise.”
Apparently, the nomination of Balarabe Lawal from Kaduna State seals El-Rufai’s fate, and hope of making it to Tinubu’s cabinet.