The Senate has rescinded its confirmation of Monday Tom (Akwa Ibom) as a Resident Electoral Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Senate had on Wednesday, confirmed Mr Tom and three other nominees as INEC commissioners after adopting a report from the its committee on INEC.
The Senate’s decision to rescind Mr Tom’s elevation was sequel to a point of order raised by Albert Bassey (PDP, Akwa Ibom North-east).
Coming under order 43 and 53(6), Mr Bassey noted that he had received a petition against Mr Tom which was not reflected in the committee’s report.
“I wish to draw the attention of the committee on INEC headed by Senator Nazif, to the fact that I and the committee had received a petition against this nominee which was received on the 5th of February 2018 and the report of the committee that was laid before the Senate did not take cognisance of the fact that there is a petition against the nominee.
“I have with me, the report of that committee on page 5. There is no reference, whatsoever to the petition,” he said.
He further explained that the same petition was sent to the committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition.
“I therefore wish to seek the authority of this chamber and of the senate president that the confirmation of the nominee from Akwa Ibom be stepped down and sent to the committee for proper work and maybe, thereafter, submitted back to the Senate,” he said, adding that he was not against the nominee.
The Chairman of the committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition, Sam Anyawu, thereafter, explained that his committee received the petition.
“We wanted the committee on INEC to finish their own report before we juxtapose what they have done with our own report. So we have not sent in our own report yet,” he said.
After the lawmakers unanimously agreed to rescind Mr Tom’s confirmation, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, asked that *the matter should be sent back to the committee on INEC for more legislative work.”
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