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by Victor Ndubuisi

On Monday, Senate President Godswill Akpabio informed ministerial nominees that taking a bow during Senate screening does not signify they have been vetted or confirmed.

According to Anaedoonline.ng, Akpabio clarified the screening of an Anambra State nominee, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye.

Out of the seven female ministerial nominees recommended by President Bola Tinubu, Kennedy-Ohanenye was the first to be vetted.

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She was the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s sole female presidential candidate in the 2023 presidential election, and she stepped aside for Tinubu during the APC presidential primary in June 2022.


Following Kennedy-Ohanenye’s opening remarks, Senator Ireti Kingibe of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) requested her colleagues to allow the ex-APC presidential candidate to take a bow.

Kingibe said, “I would like to support distinguished Senator Ifeanyi Ubah that she (Kennedy-Ohanenye) also should take a bow. She deserves it, and everybody else has taken a bow. I think her CV (Curriculum Vitae) requires that she takes a bow also.”

Responding, Akpabio said, “Distinguished Senator Ireti Kingibe, any nominee that comes before us will take a bow, whether the person is cleared or not.

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“At the end of the day, we will go into the clearance and the confirmation; we will confirm whether the person is qualified or not, but bowing before the hallowed chamber is a tradition all over the world.

“So, if you are saying others have taken a bow, they took a bow because they entered into the hallowed chamber.

“We have to amend our rules; we have to suspend our rules to allow strangers to come in. So, when they come, they take a bow; the bow does not mean they have been confirmed. So, even if she (Kennedy-Ohanenye) takes a bow, we will still go into the issue of confirmation later.”



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