Senate Confirms Musiliu Obanikoro As Minister

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Despite the fierce opposition from lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the ministerial screening of a former minister of state for defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, the senate on Wednesday screened and endorsed Obanikoro for a ministerial position.

Obanikoro was asked to take the customary “bow” – a preferential treatment for former senators – effectively confirming him as a minister.

Daily Times had previously reported of a row between some senators at the senate on Wednesday morning over the screening.

Obanikoro, a former minister of state for defence, had earlier resigned his position last year to seek the Lagos governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but lost to Jimi Agbaje.

His renomination by President Goodluck Jonathan was opposed by senators of the APC over his alleged role in the use of soldiers alleged to manipulate the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti state.

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