The Senate, on Thursday, rejected two, out of the 47 non-career ambassadorial nominees, sent to it by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 12th, 2017.
The two rejected nominees are Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor from Imo State and Jacob Igbekele Daodu from Ondo State.
Explaining the rationale behind the disqualification of the of Nsofor, chairman of the Senate committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, said the Imo nominee was too old to hold a public office.
The nominee is 82 years old.
As for the Ondo State nominee, Daodu, the Foreign Affairs committee chairman, said, he was disqualified because of a report from the Department of State Services (DSS).
According to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who presided over the day’s legislative business, these are the names on 45 confirmed nominees.
They are Uzoma Eminike (Abia); Aminu Lawal (Adamawa); Godwin Umoh (Akwa Ibom); Christopher Okeke (Anambra); Yusuf Maitama (Bauchi); Baba Maigudu (Bauchi); Stanley Douye (Bayelsa) and Stephen Uba (Benue).
Others are Baba Ahmed Gida (Borno); Utobong Asuquo (Cross River); Frank Ofegina (Delta); Joda Udoh (Ebonyi); Yagwe Ede (Edo); Eniola Ajayi (Ekiti); Chris Eze (Enugu); Sulieman Hassan (Gombe); Aminu Dalhatu (Jigawa); Ahmed Bamilli (Kaduna) and Deborah Yahaya (Kaduna).
Also included are D. Abdulkadir (Kano); Haruna Arungungu (Kano); Musa Udo (Katsina); Mohammed Rimi (Katsina); Tijani Bande (Kebbi); Y. Aliu (Kogi); Nurudeen Mohammed (Kwara), Mohammed Isa (Kwara); Adesola Omotade (Lagos); Modupe Remi (Lagos); Musa Mohammed (Nasarawa); Ahmed Ibeto; Niger and Susan Aderonke Folarin (Ogun).
Afolayon Adeyemi (Osun); A. Olaniyi (Oyo); James Dmika (Plateau); Haruna Abdullahi (Plateau); Orji Ngofa (Rivers); Sahibi Isa Dada (Sokoto); Kabir Umar (Sokoto); Jika Ado (Taraba); Goni Zana (Yobe); Garba T. (Zamfara); Bala Mohammad (Zamfara) and Ibrahim Dada (FCT) also made the list.
President Buhari, had late last year, submitted 46 names of political ambassadorial nominees to the Senate. The list was greeted with criticisms and outcry.
Imo and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were omitted from the old list. Bowing to pressure, the Senate eventually rejected the list and sent it back to Buhari to correct the lapses.